About A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story

Alexandra Palace Theatre, London
Booking to 7 January 2024
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A spine-tingling adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic

★★★★★ “This irresistibly theatrical new production” – The Telegraph

Following a successful premiere season in 2021, Mark Gatiss’ retelling of Dickens’ winter ghost story returns to the hauntingly atmospheric Alexandra Palace for Christmas 2023 starring Keith Allen.

Filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects, enter the supernatural Victorian world of A Christmas Carol.

Taken on a magical and transformational journey by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, the cold-hearted Scrooge realises he must change his ways or he will  surely suffer an eternal misery like his old friend Jacob Marley.

Suitable for everyone, especially adults.

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story will play the Alexandra Palace Theatre from 24 November 2023 to 7 January 2024.

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Performance dates
Booking to 7 January 2024
Age restrictions
10+
Running time
2 hours 25 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

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What's the story of A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story?

It’s a cold Christmas Eve and mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley.

Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn’t too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate, but first he’ll have to face three more eerie encounters.

Who is in the cast of A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story?

Keith Allen plays Scrooge, with Peter Forbes as Marley, Leona Allen as Caroline, James Backway as Fred, Geoffrey Beeversais Narrator, Angelina Chudi as Belle, Edward Harrison as Bob Cratchit, Bettrys Jones as Ghost of Christmas Past, Joe Shire as Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present, Rebecca Trehearn as Mrs Cratchit, and Ryan Weston as Tiny Tim.

The role of Edwin Cratchit will be shared by Joshua Beswick, Oliver Dawson, and Alex Gross, and Grace Cratchit shared by Esme Gupta-Wright, Anaya-Sky Lueshing, and Cherry Mitra.

Who are the creative team of A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story?

Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story is adapted by Mark Gatiss and directed by Adam Penford. Design is by Paul Wills, with lighting design by Philip Gladwell, sound design by Ella Wahlström, video design by Nina Dunn, movement Direction by Georgina Lamb and the composer is Tingying Dong.


Reviews

★★★★★ "Mark Gatiss’s fabulous take on Dickens... irresistibly theatrical" - The Telegraph
"This is how to make Dickens’s greatest hit feel both surprising and familiar!” - The Times
"Mark Gatiss’s witty dash through Dickens" - The Guardian

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Keith Allen to Play Scrooge in Mark Gatiss’ A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story at Alexandra Palace
Keith Allen to Play Scrooge in Mark Gatiss’ A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story at Alexandra Palace
Full castings is announced for the revival of Mark Gatiss’ A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story, returning to the Alexandra Palace this Christmas. Star of stage and screen Keith Allen - known for Shallow Grave, Robin Hood BBC, Kingsman: The Golden Circle Marvel Films, The Pembrokeshire Murders ITV - will play the role of Scrooge. He is joined by Peter Forbes (Follies, National Theatre) as Marley along with Geoffrey Beevers (Amadeus National Theatre) as the Narrator, of the much love festive tale. Bob Cratchit and his wife, Mrs Cratchit, will be played by Edward Harrison, known for Queenie on Channel 4, and West End favourite Rebecca Trehearn, most recently seen in the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella. Ryan Weston will play Tiny Tim. Playing the ghosts are: Bettrys Jones as Ghost of Christmas Past and Joe Shire as Ghost of Christmas Present / Fezziwig. Other cast include: Leona Allen (The Devil’s Hour Amazon Prime) as Caroline, James Backway (War Horse National Theatre/West End) as Fred, Angelina Chudi (Henry VI: War of the Roses RSC) as Belle In Nottingham, the role of Edwin Cratchit will be shared by William Barker and Charlie Westlake, while Grace Cratchit will be shared by Madison Spencer-Ogiorumua and Ava-Jade Wolstenholme. In London, Edwin Cratchit will be shared by Joshua Beswick, Oliver Dawson, and Alex Gross, and Grace Cratchit shared by Esme Gupta-Wright, Anaya-Sky Lueshing, and Cherry Mitra. Filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects, prepare to be frightened and delighted in equal measure as you enter the supernatural Victorian world of A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story will play the Alexandra Palace Theatre from 24 November 2023 to 7 January 2024. Prior to its London run, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story will also return to Nottingham Playhouse for a pre-Christmas season, running from 27 October to 18 November 2023. Directed by Adam Penford, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story is filled with Dickensian, spine tingly special effects. The creative team also includes design by Paul Wills (Shirley Valentine, Farewell Mister Haffmann), lighting by Philip Gladwell, sound by Ella Wahlström, video design by Nina Dunn, movement by Georgina Lamb and music by Tingying Dong. More about tickets to A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story at the Alexandra Palace Theatre in London
Mark Gatiss’ A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story returns to Alexandra Palace for Christmas 2023
Mark Gatiss’ A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story returns to Alexandra Palace for Christmas 2023
Mark Gatiss’ A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story will return to Alexandra Palace for Christmas 2023. Gatiss’ celebrated retelling of Dickens’ classic winter ghost story will feature a brand-new cast with Gatiss confirming he will not appear as Jacob Marley this year. Mark Gatiss said: “I’m delighted that my adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is returning to Nottingham Playhouse and Alexandra Palace this year after such a successful outing last time. I’m sad to say, that having fulfilled my lifetime ambition of Jacob Marley, I shall be hanging up my chains, but I am extremely delighted and excited at the prospect of a new Scrooge and Marley to take up the reins for this festive season. I can’t wait to be part of it again and see it from the other side of the veil.” A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story will play the Alexandra Palace Theatre from 24 November 2023 to 7 January 2024. Prior to its London run, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story will also return to Nottingham Playhouse for a pre-Christmas season, running from 27 October to 18 November 2023. Directed by Adam Penford, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story is filled with Dickensian, spine tingly special effects. The creative team also includes design by Paul Wills (Shirley Valentine), lighting by Philip Gladwell, sound by Ella Wahlström, video design by Nina Dunn, movement by Georgina Lamb and music by Tingying Dong. Casting to be announced. More about tickets to A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story at the Alexandra Palace Theatre in London
Nottingham Playhouse Announces Autumn 2023 season
Nottingham Playhouse Announces Autumn 2023 season
Nottingham Playhouse has announced its autumn 2023 season, which includes the European premiere of an acclaimed new play, the return of Mark Gatiss’ A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and, the legendary Nottingham Playhouse pantomime. Director Stephen Bailey brings Tom Wright’s challenging play The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man to the stage this September. Following its acclaimed debut in Australia, this European premiere of a brand-new production of the play imagines an alternative to what we think we know of the Elephant Man. The show will star Zak Ford-Williams (Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story at Nottingham Playhouse and Better, BBC1). Commenting on the role, Zak said: “I cannot wait to return to Nottingham Playhouse and allow audiences into the incredible, haunting world of the play. I was transfixed by The Real and Imagined History of The Elephant Man from the moment I read it. Then as soon as I experienced Stephen’s vision, precision and warmth for the play I was desperate to be on board. It’s a challenge and a gift of a role.” Stephen Bailey, named the 2022 winner of the Royal Theatrical Support Trust’s (RTST) Sir Peter Hall Director Award, directs in his first full-scale production on a main stage, and said: “Tom Wright has written a bold, inspired restyling of Joseph's unique life that sees him not as a medical specimen but a man. The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man uses beautiful, poetic text to ask probing questions about work, industrialisation and the value of life. It's not about inspiration or pity: it's about the reality of how we look at those who are the other. In the current cost of living crisis, it asks if seeing humans solely as workers is compatible with transformed bodies and long-term health conditions. I'm thrilled to be given the platform to tell this story, and to have Nottingham Playhouse backing an ambitious production featuring some of the UK's finest disabled talent.” Mark Gatiss’ celebrated adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story, returns for a pre-Christmas season (27 Oct – 18 Nov 2023) with a brand-new cast. Directed by Adam Penford (The Clothes They Stood Up In, The Madness of George III) the story stays true to the spirit of the original novel. The acclaimed production first premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in 2021, transferred to London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre, and was then released in a filmed version in UK cinemas in 2022 and shown on BBC4 over the Christmas period. Mark Gatiss’ said: “I’m delighted that my adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is returning to Nottingham Playhouse and Alexandra Palace this year after such a successful outing last time. I’m sad to say, that having fulfilled my lifetime ambition of Jacob Marley, I shall be hanging up my chains, but I am extremely delighted and excited at the prospect of a new Scrooge and Marley to take up the reins for this festive season. I can’t wait to be part of it again and see it from the other side of the veil.” In a co-production with Lakeside Arts, Nottingham Playhouse will stage Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night over the summer. Directed by Martin Berry, this family-friendly adaptation is just 90 minutes long and features a small, multi-talented cast. The previously announced pantomime Cinderella featuring dame John Elkington as one of the Ugly Sisters runs from 1 December. Expect superb live music, dazzling dance and comedy chaos, along with plenty of glamour and glitz. A new version of Hansel & Gretel aimed at children aged 3-8 years will run over the Christmas period. A 50-minute-long adventure, full to the brim with music, magic and plenty of opportunities to join in, this is the perfect introduction to live theatre. Adam Penford, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, said: “I’m thrilled with our 2023 autumn season. Stephen Bailey is a bold early-career director and his submission for the RTST award was powerful and ambitious, exciting the judging panel. Zak delighted our audiences in A Christmas Carol last year and now takes on this marathon leading role. Audiences have been asking us to revive Mark Gatiss’ beautiful adaptation of the Dickens classic since it premiered here in 2021, and the tale of humanity is more relevant than ever. We have been making a pantomime in-house at the Playhouse for decades now and it is firmly part of Nottingham’s Christmas celebrations. Cinderella is my favourite - full of great laughs, terrific baddies and magical transformation.”   Alongside Nottingham Playhouse productions is a compelling programme of drama, comedy, dance and entertainment shows. Amongst these, highlights include the renowned Complicité’s new work Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (4-8 April) by Nobel-prize winning author Olga Tokarczuk; Liza Pulman and Joe Stilgoe present A Couple of Swells (5 May), an evening of classic songs with virtuoso piano playing and vocals; Theatre Re present The Nature of Forgetting (9 May), a joyous piece about what is left when memory is gone; Mama (17 May) is the latest work from Olivier award winning choreographer Botis Seva, questioning what race and culture mean in today’s world; the Actors Touring Company production of Family Tree (1-3 June), a poetic drama about the legacy of one of the most influential Black women of modern times; Flabbergast Macbeth (8-10 June), an exciting reimaging of Shakespeare’s Macbeth through physical theatre, puppetry, clowning and mask; and Australian comedy sensation Hot Brown Honey (3 July) present their hip-hop infused political cabaret. Early in 2024, Kirsty Patrick Ward (Moonlight & Magnolias, Groan Ups) directs Lucy Kirkwood’s acclaimed play The Children, which presents a post-apocalyptic vision of the future. This tight three hander examines the impact of decisions made by two retired nuclear physicists on future generations. Nottingham Playhouse Autumn 2023 Season Twelfth Night runs from 19 – 29 July 2023 The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man runs from 16 Sep – 7 Oct 2023. Mark Gatiss’ A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story runs from 27 Oct – 18 Nov 2023. Hansel & Gretel runs from 7 – 31 December 2023
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story – Reviews round-up ★★★★
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story – Reviews round-up ★★★★
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story, the hit adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by Mark Gatiss, has opened again at the Nottingham Playhouse prior to its London run at the Alexandra Palace Theatre from 24 November 2023. Keith Allen plays Scrooge, with Peter Forbes as Marley, Leona Allen as Caroline, James Backway as Fred, Geoffrey Beeversais Narrator, Angelina Chudi as Belle, Edward Harrison as Bob Cratchit, Bettrys Jones as Ghost of Christmas Past, Joe Shire as Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present, Rebecca Trehearn as Mrs Cratchit, and Ryan Weston as Tiny Tim. The role of Edwin Cratchit will be shared by Joshua Beswick, Oliver Dawson, and Alex Gross, and Grace Cratchit shared by Esme Gupta-Wright, Anaya-Sky Lueshing, and Cherry Mitra. [ngg src="galleries" ids="1400" display="basic_slideshow"] This reviews round-up also includes reviews of this production from its first run in 2021 at the Nottingham Playhouse and London's Alexandra Palace Theatre. The 2021 cast included Olivier award-winner Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The League of Gentlemen) as Jacob Marley in his own, spooky retelling of Dickens’ classic winter ghost story, alongside Nicholas Farrell (The Crown, The Iron Lady) as Scrooge; James Backway (Holes, War Horse) as Fred; Angelina Chudi (Dear Elizabeth) as Caroline; Jo Eaton-Kent (The Watch, Carousel) as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Zak Ford-Williams as Tiny Tim; Aoife Gaston (Barbarians,) as Belle; Christopher Godwin (Amadeus) as the Narrator; Edward Harrison (Wolf Hall, Skellig) as Bob Cratchit; Sarah Ridgeway (HALO, Fury) as Mrs Cratchit; and Joe Shire (Witness for the Prosecution) as Ghost of Christmas Present. The show's creative team includes direction by Adam Penford, design by Paul Wills, lighting by Philip Gladwell, sound by Ella Wahlström, movement by Georgina Lamb, composition by Tingying Dong, puppet direction by Matthew Forbes, music direction by Tom Attwood, associate direction by Jasmine Teo and casting by Sam Stevenson CDG. A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story opens at the Alexandra Palace Theatre in London on 24 November 2023, playing to 7 January 2024. Read reviews for A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story from The Guardian, Telegraph, The Times and more, below. Book tickets to A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story at the Alexandra Palace Theatre in London Updated: This article was first published on 3 November 2021 for reviews from the premiere of this production at Nottingham Playhouse, starring Mark Gatiss and Nicholas Farrell, which then ran at the Alexandra Palace Theatre. It has been updated with reviews for the current 2023 version of this production.
First Look: Photos released for A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story at the Alexandra Palace Theatre
First Look: Photos released for A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story at the Alexandra Palace Theatre
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story, the new Mark Gatiss adaptation of classic story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, has released the first production images for the show. Opening at the Nottingham Playhouse on 29 October, the show then moves to the Alexandra Palace Theatre in London from 26 November 2021 to 9 January 2022. The show stars Olivier award-winner Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The League of Gentlemen) as Jacob Marley, with Nicholas Farrell (The Crown, The Iron Lady) as Scrooge; James Backway (Holes, War Horse) as Fred; Angelina Chudi (Dear Elizabeth) as Caroline; Jo Eaton-Kent (The Watch, Carousel) as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Zak Ford-Williams as Tiny Tim; Aoife Gaston (Barbarians,) as Belle; Christopher Godwin (Amadeus) as the Narrator; Edward Harrison (Wolf Hall, Skellig) as Bob Cratchit; Sarah Ridgeway (HALO, Fury) as Mrs Cratchit; and Joe Shire (Witness for the Prosecution) as Ghost of Christmas Present. Direction is by Adam Penford, with design by Paul Wills, lighting by Philip Gladwell, sound by Ella Wahlström, movement by Georgina Lamb, composition by Tingying Dong, puppet direction by Matthew Forbes, music direction by Tom Attwood, associate direction by Jasmine Teo and casting by Sam Stevenson CDG. A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story opens the Alexandra Palace on 26 November 2021 for a strictly limited run.  [ngg src="galleries" ids="737" display="pro_sidescroll"]
Casting announced for Mark Gatiss led A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story
Casting announced for Mark Gatiss led A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story
Casting has been revealed for A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story, Mark Gatiss' brand new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Olivier award-winner Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) stars as Jacob Marley in his own retelling of Dickens’ classic winter ghost story alongside Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire, The Crown, The Iron Lady and 37 Days) as Scrooge. The cast features also James Backway (Holes, The Taming of the Shrew, War Horse) as Fred; Angelina Chudi (Dear Elizabeth, Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her)) as Caroline; Jo Eaton-Kent (The Watch, Don’t Forget the Driver, Carousel) as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Zak Ford-Williams as Tiny Tim; Aoife Gaston (Barbarians, Love & Information) as Belle; Christopher Godwin (Amadeus, This House, The Dig) as the Narrator; Edward Harrison (Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies, Holes, Skellig) as Bob Cratchit; Sarah Ridgeway (HALO, Fury, The Captive Queen) as Mrs Cratchit and; Joe Shire (Witness for the Prosecution, The Island) as Ghost of Christmas Present. Directed by Adam Penford, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story is produced by Eleanor Lloyd and Nottingham Playhouse. Originally scheduled to open in 2020 the production will premiere at Nottingham Playhouse on 29 October, ahead of its London premiere at Alexandra Palace on 26 November.   Filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects, the piece is designed by Paul Wills with lighting by Philip Gladwell and sound by Ella Wahlström. The creative team also includes movement by Georgina Lamb, composition by Tingying Dong, puppet direction by Matthew Forbes, music direction by Tom Attwood, associate direction by Jasmine Teo and casting by Sam Stevenson CDG. A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story tickets will be on sale soon. A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story runs from 26 November 2021 until 9 January 2022 at the Alexandra Palace, London.

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