A Christmas Carol Tickets

The Old Vic, London
11 November 2023 - 6 January 2024
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Matthew Warchus‘ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns to The Old Vic this Christmas, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

The Old Vic’s annual festive treat fills the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, and is a unique staging of Dickens’ classic that immerses the audience in this uplifting story.

A Christmas Carol is booking from 11 November 2023 to 6 January 2024 at The Old Vic in London

What's the story of A Christmas Carol?

On a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts.

Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself.

Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late?

Who is in the cast of A Christmas Carol?

Casting forA Christmas Carol will be announced soon.

Who are the creative team of A Christmas Carol?

A Christmas Carol is written by Charles Dickens, adapted by Jack Thorne, directed by Matthew Warchus, with design by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and music composed and arranged by Christopher Nightingale.

Also Jessica Ronane (casting), Lizzi Gee (movement), Katharine Woolley (musical direction), Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth (voice), Penny Dyer (dialect), Joe Austin (associate director), and Simon Greiff (second associate director).


Reviews of A Christmas Carol

★★★★★ "Irresistibly feel-good" - Sunday Express (2021)
★★★★ "Utterly joyful. Christmas has arrived" - Evening Standard (2021)
★★★★ "A Christmas cracker" - Metro (2021)
★★★★ "Jack Thorne’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ favourite has become a festival staple at the Old Vic" - The Stage (2021)
★★★★ "Magic" - The Telegraph (2021)

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Show Information

Performance dates
11 November 2023 - 6 January 2024
Age restrictions
8+
Running time
2 hours (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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Important Notes

Please note: Mince pies (containing gluten in the form of wheat and barley, milk and sulphites) and satsumas will be available to all ticket holders inside the auditorium. Some of the props that are passed through the audience may also have a latex coating.


Venue Information

The Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501
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The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol to return for Christmas 2023
The Old Vic has confirmed that it's successful production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is returning to the venue for Christmas 2023. This will be the seventh year that the show has played The Old Vic at Christmas, with the recent 2022 production starring Owen Teale scoring great reviews and record-breaking audience numbers. The show will once again be directed by The Old Vic's artistic director Matthew Warchus, and run at The Old Vic from 11 November 2023 to 6 January 2024. A Christmas Carol is adapted by Jack Thorne, whose next project is The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall) and starring Johnny Flynn, Tuppence Middleton and Mark Gatiss. He also wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. This Summer at The Old Vic sees the return of hit musical Groundhog Day, also directed by Matthew Warchus, from 20 May 2023. Matthew Warchus said in a statement: "It makes me very happy to announce that the Old Vic's A Christmas Carol will be back again later this year. Originally intended as a one-off Christmas production, this joyful and unique version by Jack Thorne has connected with audiences, in London and beyond, in the most phenomenal way, with each successive return proving evermore popular. I know I speak for the whole creative team and the Old Vic staff when I say the show is very close to our hearts – a huge amount of love, effort and skill is poured into it every year and it represents so much of what we want this theatre to be. It is a wonderful thing to see A Christmas Carol embraced as a festive tradition for families and individuals of all ages. As for the extraordinary audience generosity we see every year in the charity bucket collections at the end of every performance… over £1 million from all productions to date… I find that incredibly moving." More about A Christmas Carol tickets at The Old Vic
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Photos: A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic
Production photos are in for the Old Vic's current revival of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The show runs at the Old Vic theatre until 7 January 2023. A Christmas Carol stars Tony Award-winning actor Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) as Ebenezer Scrooge, Melissa Allan as Little Fan, Merryl Ansah as Jess, Raffaella Covino as dance captain/swing, Billy Cullum as Nicholas/swing, Roger Dipper as Bob Cratchit, Geraint Downing as Ferdy/George, Jenny Fitzpatrick as Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs Fezziwig, Julie Jupp as Ghost of Christmas Past, Alastair Parker as Fezziwig, Dominic Sibanda as Fred, Sebastien Torkia as Father/Marley, Samuel Townsend as Young Ebenezer, Meesha Turner as Mrs Cratchit and Lydia White as Belle. In an adaptation by award-winning playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Skins, Shameless), Charles Dickens' classic festive tale is directed by the Old Vic's artistic director Matthew Warchus.  Joining Matthew Warchus in the creative team is Rob Howell (set and costume design), Christopher Nightingale (composition and arrangement), Hugh Vanstone (lighting), Simon Baker (sound), Jessica Ronane (casting), Lizzi Gee (movement), Katharine Woolley (musical direction), Charlie Hughes-D'Aeth (voice), Penny Dyer (dialect), Joe Austin (associate director), and Simon Greiff (second associate director). Book tickets to A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic in London Photos of A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic Photos by Manuel Harlan [ngg src="galleries" ids="945" display="pro_tile"]
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A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic more cast announced
The Old Vic has revealed more casting for its forthcoming revival of A Christmas Carol this Christmas. As previously announced, Tony Award-winning actor Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) is starring as Ebenezer Scrooge. Joining him will be Melissa Allan as Little Fan, Merryl Ansah as Jess, Raffaella Covino as dance captain/swing, Billy Cullum as Nicholas/swing, Roger Dipper as Bob Cratchit, Geraint Downing as Ferdy/George, Jenny Fitzpatrick as Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs Fezziwig, Julie Jupp as Ghost of Christmas Past, Alastair Parker as Fezziwig, Dominic Sibanda as Fred, Sebastien Torkia as Father/Marley, Samuel Townsend as Young Ebenezer, Meesha Turner as Mrs Cratchit and Lydia White as Belle. More casting will be announced soon. Returning to the Old Vic for a fifth consecutive year, Jack Thorne's (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Skins, Shameless) adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic festive tale is directed by the Old Vic's artistic director Matthew Warchus.  Last year the production starred Stephen Mangan as Scrooge, with Andrew Lincoln (Teachers, The Walking Dead, Love Actually) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) taking on the role in previous years. A Christmas Carol tickets at the Old Vic are on sale. Joining Matthew Warchus in the creative team is Rob Howell (set and costume design), Christopher Nightingale (composition and arrangement), Hugh Vanstone (lighting), Simon Baker (sound), Jessica Ronane (casting), Lizzi Gee (movement), Katharine Woolley (musical direction), Charlie Hughes-D'Aeth (voice), Penny Dyer (dialect), Joe Austin (associate director), and Simon Greiff (second associate director). A Christmas Carol runs from 12 November 2022 to 7 January 2023 at the Old Vic Theatre. Tickets are now on sale.
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Owen Teale to star in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic
Owen Teale will star in A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic this winter, it has been announced. Returning to the Old Vic for a fifth consecutive year, Jack Thorne's (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Skins, Shameless) adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic festive tale will be directed by the Old Vic's artistic director Matthew Warchus.  The Tony winning actor will play Dickens' iconic character Ebenezer Scrooge. Teale is best known for his tv roles including HBO series Game of Thrones, Sky 1 series A Discovery of Witches and Stella. His extensive theatre includes No Man's Land with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart; Under Milk Wood, Mary Stuart, Macbeth (Theatr Clwyd); Creditors (Donmar/BAM); Rutherford and Son (Sheffield Crucible); Julius Caesar, Henry IV, King Lear (RSC); Ivanov (National Theatre); and The Country (Royal Court). Ian McKellen as Spooner, Patrick Stewart as Hirst, Owen Teale as Briggs in No Man's Land. Photo: Johan Persson Warchus said: "This year I'm excited to welcome Owen Teale in the role of Scrooge as we continue providing charitable support to a UK-based charity as always. Dickens felt compelled to write A Christmas Carol after witnessing extreme hardship first hand. Now, almost 180 years after its initial publication, Jack Thorne's stage adaptation continues to dazzle and move audiences whilst simultaneously highlighting the contribution theatre can make towards social justice." Last year the production starred Stephen Mangan as Scrooge, with Andrew Lincoln (Teachers, The Walking Dead, Love Actually) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) taking on the role in previous years. A Christmas Carol tickets at the Old Vic are on sale. A Christmas Carol runs from 12 November 2022 to 7 January 2023 at the Old Vic Theatre. Tickets are now on sale.
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Stephen Mangan to lead ‘A Christmas Carol’ at The Old Vic
Stephen Mangan will star as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic this winter. Returning to the Old Vic for a fourth consecutive year, Jack Thorne's (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Skins, Shameless) adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic festive tale will be directed by the Old Vic's artistic director Matthew Warchus.  The cast also includes Bridgette Amofah (Mrs Cratchit), Geraint Downing (Ferdy/George), Nicola Espallardo (Jess), Karen Fishwick (Belle), Amanda Hadingue (Ghost of Christmas Past), Nick Hart (Nicholas), Oli Higginson (Fred), Rachel John (Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs Fezziwig), Andrew Langtree (Father/Marley), Jack Shalloo (Bob Cratchit), Rose Shalloo (Little Fan), James Staddon (Fezziwig) and Samuel Townsend (Young Ebenezer). The Episodes and Green Wing star was last on stage in Sean Foley’s ill-fated adaptation of The Man in the White Suit at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2019. His numerous theatre credits include The Birthday Party (Harold Pinter Theatre), The People Are Friendly (Royal Court Theatre), Jeeves and Wooster (Duke of York’s Theatre), Hayfever (Savoy Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC) and Rules For Living (National Theatre). The Old Vic’s acclaimed production will return with a live audience on 24 November 2021, with previews from 13 November. Last year the production featured Andrew Lincoln (Teachers, The Walking Dead, Love Actually) in the role of Scrooge, with Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) previously starring in the role. A Christmas Carol tickets at the Old Vic are on sale. Book tickets to A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre in London
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Andrew Lincoln to star in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Old Vic
Andrew Lincoln (Love, Actually, The Walking Dead, Teachers) will take on the lead role of Scrooge in a live-broadcast production of A Christmas Carol at London's Old Vic Theatre this December. Returning to the Old Vic for a third consecutive year, Jack Thorne's (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Skins, Shameless) adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic festive tale will be directed by the Old Vic's artistic director Matthew Warchus. Lincoln will be joined on stage by Clive Rowe, John Dagleish, Melissa Allan, Rosanna Bates, Tim van Eyken, Sam Lathwood, Eugene McCoy, Myra McFadyen, Gloria Obianyo, Maria Omakinwa, Golda Rosheuvel, Michael Rouse and Sam Townsend. The role of Tiny Tim will be shared by Rayhaan Kufuor-Gray, Lara Mehmet, Lenny Rush and Eleanor Stollery. The production features set and costume design by Rob Howell, composition and arrangement by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, broadcast sound and video by Simon Baker, movement by Lizzi Gee, casting by Jesssica Ronane and associate direction by Jame Manton. A Christmas Carol will be performed live from 12 to 24 December 2020 for just 16 performances with 80,000 tickets available across the run. Priced from £10 to £65, all tickets offering the same view. The Old Vic will offer all state schools in Lambeth and Southwark areas, as well as all care homes nationally a free link to watch the show. Additionally the theatre will also partner with FoodCycle to fundraise for those in need this Christmas, with Jack Thorne pledging to match all A Christmas Carol Foodcycle donations received from the public up to £250,000. Warchus said: "When I began my job as Artistic Director five years ago I boldly (naively) put up a neon sign in the lobby radiating Lilian Baylis' favourite quote – "Dare, Always Dare". With those galvanising words ringing in our ears, I am delighted to announce that Andrew Lincoln has joined us in what must surely be one of the most ambitious and complex pieces of live-streamed theatre attempted in the pandemic so far. The Old Vic's A Christmas Carol has moved and entertained over a quarter of a million people in London and New York over the last three Christmases and we made a pledge last spring that we would still present it, in some form or other, even in this most challenging of years. In doing a project of this size we don't expect to be able to make any profit for the theatre but rather we will be continuing our mission of staying connected to audiences of all ages, providing much-needed work and income for dozens of freelancers, and generally celebrating the important role live theatre has always played in bringing us together to share amazing stories. I hope you can join us." As it stands, the production will not be affected by the current lockdown measures announced at the beginning of November. Book tickets to A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre in London

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