A Christmas Carol

Old Vic

A Christmas Carol

18 Nov 2017 - 20 Jan 2018

£35.00 - £104.00

Pro reviewers rating
15 reviews

3.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Full of heart and festive cheer, a vivid re-telling of Scrooge’s journey through Christmases past, present and future.

Ages 11+


as Ebenezer Scrooge

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“Dickensian and modern, clever and heartfelt, gripping and touching and tuneable and serious and sometimes funny.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Traditional and utterly charming... The set... is deceptively simple but brilliantly effective... Ifans: doesn't disappoint.”

Aliya Al-Hassan (Broadway World)

“It is quite possible that Rhys Ifans was born to play Scrooge... Magical.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Relatively faithful adaptation... Ifans: suitably spiky, if not overtly cruel... Atmospheric, moving and music-suffused.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Stands high on my list of favourites... Superb production... combines Dickens’s social anger with a genuine sense of festivity.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Magnificent staging... Magically festive and spooky... Psychological depth... Ifans gives a remarkably powerful performance.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Envelops the audience in the story...Carried on a carpet of music, this is a thoughtful, touching and uplifting Christmas Carol.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Inclusive atmosphere... Accessible... but there’s a strange slant to certain sections... Ifans: a convincingly degenerate soul.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Joyful... nowhere near enough fear... A strong sense of the miserly Scrooge as a damaged lost boy... a performance to relish.”

Claire Allfree (Metro, Telegraph)

“Flexibility of scale... lush musicality... embrace of spectacle... Warchus’s production is a love song to Christmas.”

Claire Armitstead (Guardian)

“Exuberant adaptation... A dark message embedded in a Christmas treat... The perfect venue... Excellent ensemble work.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Dickens on a diet... The second half is much livelier with more light and shade as well as stage mischief... Good.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Full of charming festive touches... Music is one of the strongest elements of the production... A beautiful underscore.”

What's on Stage (Other reviewers)

“An uneasy mixture of morality tale and pantomime... The high point of the production is its music... Mellifluous carols.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Those who love a short-cut to enchantment will be smitten but what’s frustratingly elusive is a sense of engulfing dread.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

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