A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story – Reviews round-up

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story, a brand new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol byMark Gatiss, has opened at the Nottingham Playhouse prior to its London run at the Alexandra Palace Theatre from 26 November.

In this new production Olivier award-winner Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The League of Gentlemen) stars as Jacob Marley in his very 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.

And the critics have been kind to the show, with mostly positive reviews for the inventive production that sees the creative team use all of their artistic flair to bring thisspine-tingling ghost story to the stage. The 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 beautiful theatre within Alexandra Palace on 26 November 2021 for a strictly limited run. 

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A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story reviews

★★★★★

"Nothing humbug about Mark Gatiss’s fabulous take on Dickens"

"This irresistibly theatrical new production at the Nottingham Playhouse does the evergreen 1843 novella full justice"

Mark Brown, The Telegraph

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★★★

“Remarkable debuts"

"Mark Gatiss adapts and stars in a joyful but messy adaptation of the Dickens classic"

"The greatest consistency comes from the uniform strength of the ensemble, led by Nicholas Farrell as a sinewy, buckled Scrooge – cartoonishly evil rather than genuinely malevolent and transforming giddily at the end. There are also two remarkable debuts from Zak Ford-Williams as Tiny Tim and Aoife Gaston as Belle."

Tim Bano, The Stage

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★★★

"Mark Gatiss’s witty dash through Dickens"

"Gatiss’s delayed rework amps up the ghostly effects while drawing out the overlooked dark comedy in the classic tale"

"Other atmosphere-building exchanges – of an impoverished mother singing to her child, of street crowds – are too many, too short, and feel like pauses to the story. Some key moments feel too fleeting and don’t carry enough emotion, including Tiny Tim’s deathbed scene. But when the human drama slows down, it gains an emotional catch, such as a romantic pause between Belle (Aoife Gaston) and the young Scrooge, and the final scene between Scrooge and Bob Cratchit (Edward Harrison); we wish for a few more of these."

Arifa Akbar, The Guardian

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★★★★

"Mark Gatiss pens a spooky twist on Dickens' classic"

"The full cast play 50 characters over 30 scenes and a range of devices are employed to convey the story including singing, dancing, illusion, video and puppetry."

Philip Lowe, What's On Stage

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★★★

"Mark Gatiss’s new Dickens adaptation puts a smile on your face"

"This is how to make Dickens’s greatest hit feel both surprising and familiar!”

Dominic Maxwell, The Times

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★★★

"Mark Gatiss’s spooky new take is both horrific and hammy"

"Nicholas Farrell’s acerbically funny Scrooge and Gatiss’s ghostly Jacob Marley are a Dickens double-act to savour in this fun show with magical special effects."

Sam Marlowe, i news

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Date: 3 November 2021
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