Back for the second time, the much-loved tale of A Christmas Carol delights audiences at the Royal Shakespeare Company again this festive season.
Dickens’ iconic tale is told through the eyes of the author himself, as the production opens with Dickens narrating his urge to make a change by telling a potent story about selflessness and empathy due to his furiousness about child labour. David Edgar’s adaptation is a beautifully crafted production with a moving message
Aden Gillett takes on the leading role of anti-Christmas and all round
Narrating the story is Joseph Timms in the role of Charles Dickens alongside his editor
A huge focus is on the poor Cratchit family who are struggling to make ends meet to feed their family. Father of the house Bob Cratchit played by Gerard Carey really comes to life in the second act as he stands up to Mr Scrooge in a high-spirited and brilliantly funny way. Carey’s characterisation is first-rate and his sheer optimism and family values are heartwarming to watch.
Each scene transitions seamlessly, whether it’s from the bustling town to Scrooge’s empty home or Fred’s annual Christmas party to the humble house belonging to the Cratchits. The ensemble
A Christmas Carol is a charming tale of festive cheer with a moving message about compassion that is playful, humorous and a fine display of first-rate acting. With the lavish set paired with live musical accompaniment and a carol or two, the production combines all the theatrical elements to create a show that is both thoughtful and a sheer delight.
A Christmas Carol is on at the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon until the 20th of January, tickets and information can be found on their website.