Patrick Barlow, writer of the Broadway and West End hit The 39 Steps
, has retold Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.
This thrilling adaptation uses only five actors to bring some of Dickens' most beloved characters to life. From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig, Barlow's A Christmas Carol
uses nothing more than some simple props, fresh physicality, and the power of imagination to convey this timeless story of redemption. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long, in this highly theatrical adaptation.
"‘Tis the season for adaptations of Charles Dickens’ immortal A Christmas Carol, and if you think you’ve seen it all before, just wait until you see Patrick Barlow’s new adaptation...True to its source (a ghost story, after all), it has its frightening moments as well, beautifully done. And then there are the small touches that set this adaptation apart from Dickens’ original: the occasional anachronistic phrasing, fourth wall disintegration, and a dash of puppetry. No matter how many times you’ve experienced A Christmas Carol this version is not one to miss." - Stage Magazine, Read More
"From a certain angle, A Christmas Carol is a story about storytelling...This aspect of the Charles Dickens classic is the driving force behind playwright Patrick Barlow’s new adaptation...The entire show is performed by five actors, most of whom play multiple roles. Every time they switch characters, we’re reminded that we’re watching a live story unfolding in front of us." - TDF Stages, Read More
"Patrick Barlow injects a lot of humor into the piece. This comedy takes place because Barlow doesn’t keep strictly to the original text as he take liberties with language, the situation and, of course, the mood of the play." - Saratogian Theatre, Read More
"A Christmas Carol focuses on the political and social side of Victorian England, illuminating the joys and holiday traditions more than the religious view. As Scrooge claims at the end, "For we are all of us upon this earth a great family all together, Sir! Are we not dear Bob!," this is a entrancing and enlightened way to get into spirit of the season." - Curtain Up, Read More
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