A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol 2017 playtext.jpg
Cover of the playtext, featuring Rhys Ifans as Scrooge
Written byJack Thorne (play)
Charles Dickens (story)
Date premiered20 November 2017 (2017-11-20)
Place premieredThe Old Vic, London
Original languageEnglish
SettingLondon

A Christmas Carol is a play by Jack Thorne based on the 1843 novella of the same name by Charles Dickens.

This version differs from others, in that Scrooge, after his reformation, is reunited with the love of his life, Belle, who ended their engagement in their youth after he was corrupted by greed; after the three spirits have reformed Scrooge, he goes to Belle's house and reunites with her. Belle is happy to learn of his change of heart, but both know that Belle cannot abandon her family. They exchanged Christmas greetings before they part ways.[1]

Production history

The Old Vic, London (2017- present)

The adaptation premiered at the Old Vic in London on 20 November 2017, running until 20 January 2018, starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge. The production is directed by Old Vic Artistic Director Matthew Warchus and designed by Rob Howell, with music composed and orchestrated by Chris Nightingale. Notably, the production's design transforms the Old Vic proscenium stage into the round with seating onstage and a walkway going through the centre of the stalls, creating a more immersive environment for the audience and the performers (who greet and hand out mince pies and satsumas to members of the audience before the play begins).

Following the success of the production, it was revived at the Old Vic for the 2018 season (24 November 2018 to 19 January 2019, starring Stephen Tompkinson as Scrooge[2]) before returning for the 2019 season (23 November 2019 to 18 January 2020, starring Paterson Joseph as Scrooge[3])

The production was scheduled to return for the 2020 season from 21 November 2020 to 16 January 2021;[4] however, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the production was performed as part of the Old Vic: In Camera series from 12 to 24 December 2020, being broadcast live from the empty Old Vic auditorium and streamed to audiences via Zoom. Andrew Lincoln starred as Scrooge, with many members of the cast from previous years at the Old Vic returning.

The production is due to return (for audiences to return in person) from 13 November 2021 to 8 January 2022. Stephen Mangan will star as Scrooge.[5]

Broadway (2019)

For the 2019 season, The Old Vic production opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre from November 7, 2019, until January 5, 2020, starring Campbell Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. However unlike the Old Vic, the production was adapted into a traditional proscenium arch setting. The production was due to Broadway for the 2020 season, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic the production was cancelled.[6]

Dublin (2019)

A production ran at the Gate Theatre, Dublin from 15 November 2019 to 18 January 2020 which was directed by Selina Cartmell with set and lighting designed by Ciaran Bagnall and costumes designed by Katie Davenport.[7]

US tour (2021)

The production will tour the US opening at the First Interstate Center for the Arts, Spokane, Washington from November 12 to 13, 2021 followed by The Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona (November 18–21), The Smith Center, Las Vegas (November 23–28), Golden Gate Theater, San Francisco (November 26-December 26) and the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles (November 30 to January 1, 2022). Bradley Whitford will star as Scrooge at all cities excluding San Francisco, with Francois Battiste starring as Scrooge in San Francisco.

Cast and characters

Character 2017 Old Vic 2018 Old Vic 2019 Old Vic 2020 Old Vic: In Camera 2021 Old Vic 2019 Broadway[8] 2021 US National tour
Ebenezer Scrooge Rhys Ifans Stephen Tompkinson Paterson Joseph Andrew Lincoln Stephen Mangan Campbell Scott Bradley Whitford

Francois Battiste

Bob Cratchit John Dagleish Peter Caulfield Steven Miller John Dagleish Jack Shalloo Dashiell Eaves
Tiny Tim Toby Eden
Grace Fincham
Ethan Quinn
Lenny Rush
Leo Lake
Lara Mehmet
Luka Petrovic
Lenny Rush
Rayhaan Kufuor-Gray
Lara Mehmet
Lenny Rush
Eleanor Stollery
Casey-Indigo Blackwood-Lashley

Rayhaan Kufuor-Gray
Eleanor Stollery

Suri White

Sebastian Ortiz
Jai Ram Srinivasan
Fred Eugene McCoy Fred Haig Eugene McCoy Oli Higginson Brandon Gill
Father / Marley Alex Gaumond Michael Rouse Andrew Langtree Michael Rouse Andrew Langtree Chris Hoch
Ghost of Christmas Past Myra McFadyen Amanda Hadingue Andrea Martin
Young Ebenezer Jamie Cameron Kwêsi Edman Samuel Townsend Samuel Townsend Dan Piering
George Geraint Downing Matthew LaBlanca
Little Fan Melissa Allan Witney White Melissa Allan Rose Shalloo Rachel Prather
Belle Erin Doherty Frances McNamee Rebecca Trehearn Gloria Obianyo Karen Fishwick Sarah Hunt
Fezziwig Alastair Parker James Staddon Clive Rowe James Staddon Evan Harrington
Ghost of Christmas Present / Mrs Fezziwig Golda Rosheuvel Nichola Hughes Gloria Onitiri Golda Rosheuvel Rachel John LaChanze
Mrs Cratchit Maria Omakinwa Ava Brennan Maria Omakinwa Bridgette Amofah Erica Dorfler
Jess Siena Kelly Rosanna Bates Hollie Edwin Rosanna Bates Nicola Espallardo Hannah Elles
Ferdy Oliver Evans Samuel Townsend Sam Lathwood Geraint Downing Alex Nee
Nicholas Tim van Eyken Nick Hart Tim van Eyken Nick Hart

List of carols used

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2020 Tony Awards[9] Best Original Score Christopher Nightingale Won
Best Scenic Design in a Play Rob Howell Won
Best Costume Design in a Play Won
Best Lighting Design in a Play Hugh Vanstone Won
Best Sound Design Simon Baker Won
Drama Desk Award[10] Outstanding Adaptation Jack Thorne Won
Outer Critics Circle Award[11] Outstanding Orchestrations Christopher Nightingale Honoree
Outstanding Sound Design Simon Baker Honoree
Outstanding Scenic Design Rob Howell Honoree
Outstanding Costume Design Honoree

References

  1. ^ title=A Christmas Carol – tiding of comfort and joy – don’t miss!
  2. ^ "NEWS: A Christmas Carol returns to the Old Vic in November, Casting to be announced". My Theatre Mates. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  3. ^ Meyer, Dan (19 July 2019). "Paterson Joseph to Star in A Christmas Carol at London's Old Vic". Playbill. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  4. ^ Limited, London Theatre Direct (16 April 2020). "The Old Vic confirms A Christmas Carol for new season, postpones Local Hero". www.londontheatredirect.com. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  5. ^ Wild, Stephi. "Casting Announced For A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Old Vic". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  6. ^ Limited, London Theatre Direct (29 June 2020). "Broadway theatres now closed until early January 2021". www.londontheatredirect.com. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  7. ^ "A Christmas Carol". Gate Theatre Dublin. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  8. ^ "A Christmas Carol Broadway @ Lyceum Theatre - Tickets and Discounts". Playbill. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  9. ^ McPhee, Ryan (15 October 2020). "2020 Tony Award Nominations: Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge!, Slave Play Lead the Pack". Playbill. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Nominees". Drama Desk Awards. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Moulin Rouge! Tops 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award Honors". Broadway.com. Retrieved 18 October 2020.