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Jack Thorne’s A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic

A Christmas Carol
Where? Old Vic, The Cut, Waterloo Road, Waterloo When? 9th November 2024 to 4th January 2025 7.30 PM (Mon-Sat to 19th Nov); 7 PM (Mon-Sat from 20th Nov) 2.30 PM matinee (Sat to 16th Nov); 2 PM (some Tue-Thu & Sat from 22nd Nov) Running time? 2 hours, with interval Price? £13 to £90 Parking: Nearby car parks Buses: 168, 176, RV1 Bus fares Trains: The closest station is Waterloo Bakerloo Jubilee Northern Wat&City Other nearby stations: Lambeth North and Southwark Train fares

The Cratchit family are making the most of what they've got, whilst the bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge is sitting in his cold room talking to the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley... and so begins Dicken's classic tale of greed, grief, and the redemptive power of Christmas.

A scene from Jack Thorne's A Christmas CarolPhoto: oldvictheatre.com

Throughout the night Scrooge is visited by three more ghosts who try and teach him the error of his ways... but will his epiphany come too late for the crippled Tiny Tim?

A new version of Dickens' Christmas classic

Best known for his work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jack Thorne's big-hearted adaptation won 5 Tony Awards during its Broadway run, but takes a few liberties with Dickens' script.

A scene from Jack Thorne's A Christmas CarolPhoto: oldvictheatre.com

The character of Scrooge is given a debt-ridden bully of a dad to explain away his lack of empathy, for example, and his change of heart is rewarded with a reunion with his long-lost love.

Atmospheric staging performed in-the-round

The show is performed in-the-round inside a festively decorated auditorium brimming with mince pies, music and merriment. The audience is immersed inside the story with a few seats on the stage and a walkway through the stalls.

The performers all add to the jolly atmosphere by handing out mince pies and satsumas before the play begins!

Jack Thorne's A Christmas CarolPhoto: oldvictheatre.com

What the theatre critics say...

Evening Standard: ★★★★ "Full of song and heart"; The Observer: ★★★★ "Matthew Warchus' production is a love song to Christmas, to the redeeming power of theatre and, not least, to The Old Vic itself"

A Christmas Carol Cast & Creatives

Director: Matthew Warchus; Written by: Charles Dickens, Jack Thorne

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