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Christmas Carol, A (Barlow) - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Christmas Carol, A (Barlow)

Patrick Barlow

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573703867

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.

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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Christmas/Holiday

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play - London, England. Mid-1800's. 


Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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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 MagazineRead 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 StagesRead 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

 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


Holiday Magic: A CHRISTMAS CAROL How You’ve Never Seen It Before
by Bud Martin
November 16, 2015

Patrick Barlow's A Christmas Carol premiered at the Delaware Theatre Company in December 2012, under the direction of Joe Calarco. 



3m, 2f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)


This play is written specifically for five actors. Three men and two women. One actor plays Scrooge throughout. Everybody else plays everybody else.

Ebenezer Scrooge - standard English - 50-60

Bob Cratchit - cockney - 40
Marley - standard English - 50-60
Young Scrooge - standard - 16-19
Little Scrooge - standard - 8
Katie Cratchit - cockney - 9
Boy in street - cockney - 12
Frederick’s children - standard - 3-12
Various narrators, carol singers, debtors, spirits, skaters, ghostly helpers etc.

Mrs Lack - cockney - 40
Lavinia Bentham - standard - 35
Mrs Grimes - Northern English - 60
Fanny - standard - 18
Isabella - Sweet spoken Irish - 18-28
Spirit of Christmas Present - cockney/Music Hall/various 60
Frederick's Housemaid - cockney - 30
Various narrators, carol singers, debtors, spirits, skaters, ghostly helpers etc.

Hermione Bentham - standard - 35
Spirit of Christmas Past - standard - 40
Constance - standard - 30
Mrs. Cratchit - cockney - 40
Scrooge's mother - standard - 40
Various narrators, carol singers, debtors, spirits, skaters, ghostly helpers etc.

Frederick - standard - 35
Mr Grimes - Northern English - 60
Mr Fezziwig - Irish - 50
George - standard - 30
Peter Cratchit - cockney - 15
Abigail Cratchit - cockney - 9
Tiny Tim - cockney - 7
Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come - standard - 50
Passer-by - cockney - 20
Various narrators, carol singers, debtors, spirits, skaters, ghostly helpers etc.
Patrick Barlow

Patrick Barlow

Patrick Barlow is renowned forhis four-person adaptation of The 39 Steps which has played inover forty countries world-wide. It has won Olivier, Helpmann,Moliere and Tony Awards and made Patrick the most performedplaywright in America for 2012. Patrick is celebrated in the UKfor his two-man theatre company National Theatre of Brent,whose comedy epics include Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Charles ... view full profile

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Jeffrey Thomson 5/12/2015 10:43 AM
A really funny yet poignant take on a tried and true story. I will be sending this through our script committee but I'm fairly confident that it will rate well and we will produce it soon. Jeff Thomson. Stage Coach Theatre. Boise, Idaho.

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