The Big Thing in December | A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic

BPL445 19 December 2019

Record-breaking reinvention of a classic returns for another Christmas

After an outstanding run at Bristol Old Vic last year, Tom Morris’ (War Horse) adaption of Charles Dickens’ novel has returned for another season.

With a bold new soul and peppered with Bristol references, the play is a celebration of community spirit, festive cheer, and families of all shapes and sizes.

Having experienced much loss and pain in life, Ebenezer Scrooge is in a sorry state indeed when we first meet him; bitter and downtrodden, he swindles his clients and abhors Christmas carollers. Thanks to determined efforts from those around him and a series of ghostly visitations, by the end of the play, Scrooge is transformed into a picture of jubilant redemption.

In this year’s production, RADA-trained John Hopkins, with his booming baritone, is a formidable Scrooge, and Stephen Collins’ assured use of British Sign Language as Bob Cratchit is both joyful and affecting. The characters dance in the stalls and sing poignant songs of love and loss, written by the fantastic Gwyneth Herbert (The Snow Queen), who also plays the Ghost of Christmas Present.

This 176-year-old Victorian story of a miser turned nice by the warmth of his friends is just as relevant today in its celebration of compassion, kindness and merry-making. You’re bound to laugh, and probably cry at Morris’ spectacular adaption of the well-known tale – and the ending will definitely take your breath away. 

Book your tickets here for A Christmas Carol, and look forward to joining Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Scrooge himself for an evening or afternoon of festivity in the surroundings of the beautiful Bristol Old Vic theatre.

Signed, Captioned, Audio Described and Relaxed performances are available.

Venue: Bristol Old Vic

From £7.50 | 25% Friends discount (not valid 17 Dec–1 Jan) | 10% Family discount | Groups price £22 (£28 during 17 Dec–1 Jan), plus one in 20 free | Schools offers also available

Ages 7+

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