Over three nights, a performance of A Christmas Carol will take place inside Charles Dickens home, and it will be done live and by candlelight.

The production will follow Ebenezer Scrooge through the rooms where Charles Dickens lived and wrote A Christmas Carol, featuring Dickens’s bedroom as Scrooge’s bedroom.

Directed by Tim Carroll and performed by actor Dominic Gerrard, this haunting adaptation starts in the bedroom where Dickens’s much loved young sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth died, and then progresses through Dickens’s home as Scrooge travels through the night with his ghostly visitors towards redemption.

The performance features pup-petry from Mandarava and a soundscape with Alexis Bennett on violin.

(c) Charles Dickens Museum

Normally people squash into corners of rooms to watch, but this year that’s not possible, so they’re broadcasting it live for the first time.

Cindy Sughrue, Director of the Charles Dickens Museum, said, “There have been few upsides to lockdown life this year, but the opportunity of bringing Dominic Gerrard’s wonderful production of A Christmas Carol to an online audience is truly special. Although there are other fine productions of A Christmas Carol this year, this is the only one taking place inside the very rooms in which Dickens created some of his greatest characters and stories.”

Dates: Thursday 17th December at 7pm; Sunday 20th December at 2pm; Thursday 31st December at 7pm.

Tickets: £15 from here.

Screening via Zoom. Each performance is followed by a live Q&A session with Dominic Gerrard and special guests.

*yes, I really wanted an alliteration in the headline.


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