Booking for A Christmas Carol opens on Monday 9 April.
From the moment you enter the Old Vic for A Christmas Carol there's enough festivity to blast away all the bah Humbugs. Cheery-faced carol-singers hand out hot mince pies beneath a constellation of twinkling lanterns, as the in-the-round production invites audience members into a Gothic yet gleeful Dickensian winter.
Jack Thorne, the playwright with the magic touch, re-works A Christmas Carol for an absorbing and atmospheric new show. The oft-adapted novel feels shorter and snappier, without losing the distinctly Victorian exhuberance of Charles Dickens' prose. Director Matthew Warchus maintains a fine balance between comedy and morality, evoking such an iresistible atmosphere that even those (like us) who know the story far too well will be newly entranced.
Artfully-harmonized carols punctuate the story, as a chorus of narrators in top hats and tails introduce the cantankerous Scrooge and his dead business partner, Jacob Marley.
Melissa Allan (Little Fan) and Rhys Ifans (Ebenezer Scrooge) in A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic
Stage and screen star Rhys Ifans (The Boat That Rocked, Notting Hill and Under Milk Wood) is a delight as everyone's favourite miser. There's an impish, ungainly energy to his Ebenezer Scrooge. With a shock of unkempt blond hair and a thread-bare frock coat, he lurks in the the counting house and prowls the stage, haunted by ghosts of Christmasses past, present and future.
Ifans brings a pettiness and petulance the the old crank, spitting out every single plosive with spiteful shower of saliva (beware, those on the front row). It's an eccentric portrait of cold-heartedness, that garners plenty of laughs without undermining Scrooge's emotional scars.
It's a fitting message, and one that is likely to leave even 21st century Scrooges with a tear in the eye. Take the family to remind them that Christmas cheer and goodwill go far deeper than the John Lewis advert.
Recommended for ages 11+
|What||Back for 2018: A Christmas Carol, Old Vic Theatre review|
|Where||The Old Vic, The Cut, London, SE1 8NB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
27 Nov 18 – 19 Jan 19, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book now|