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A Christmas Carol


Catch a revival of the Charles Dickens classic by renowned director, Matthew Warchus at the Old Vic Theatre in West End. The seasonal story of redemption has been adapted by Jack Thorne and is returning for the third year in a row, following sell-out runs in the previous years. Follow the story of Scrooge, as he learns about the importance of benevolence, compassion, and family.

Why Watch A Christmas Carol

Originally written by Charles Dickens in 1843, A Christmas Carol follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is transformed into a kinder and gentler man. Dickens wrote the novel in an age where carols were being re-evaluated and newer customs such as Christmas trees were becoming the norm.

Jack Thorne, an Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright has adapted this classic tale for the stage, and it has been hailed as absorbing and atmospheric. He ensures that the Victorian exuberance of Dickens’ original is not lost, and even entertains audiences who already know the story very well. Matthew Warchus captures the atmosphere perfectly, and the intricate details such as the abundance of fake snow, a turkey and beautiful torches make the play absolutely breathtaking to witness.

The Story

Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly and mean-spirited man who is unkind to those who work for him. Although well off, he refuses to give to charity and is also rude to his nephew. One day when Scrooge gets home, the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley visits him, along with three other ghosts; Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future.

Christmas Present takes Scrooge to Bob Cratchit's home. There, he sees Tiny Tim, who although very ill, is full of spirit and life. It also takes him to his nephew’s Christmas celebrations, which he had been invited to, but had rebuffed. Christmas Past takes Scrooge on a journey through Christmases from his past, and Scrooge sees himself as a man more in love with money than his beautiful fiancee. Christmas Future shows him a vision that absolutely terrifies old Scrooge.

Will these experiences cause Scrooge to realize the errors of his ways and turn over a new leaf? Or will he remain miserable and alone, and continue to hate Christmas for the foreseeable future?

Good for

Lovers of Christmas Plays | Fans of Classic Tales | Fans of Charles Dickens

Critics Reviews

“Not even Scrooge himself could dislike this.”
– Telegraph

“Old Vic's atmospheric show brings joy, sadness and seasonal magic.”
– Evening Standard

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

Monday - Saturday 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM

2 hours and 5 minutes, with 1 intermission

Leading Roles

Directed by
Matthew Warchus

Choreographed by
Lizzy Gee

Sound by
Simon Baker

Design by
Rob Howell

Songs by
Christopher Nightingale

Know Before You Go

Suitable for ages 8+

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house bar
Infrared Hearing Loops

The Old Vic Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,067.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email with your voucher. You may display your voucher on your mobile phone. Please carry a valid photo ID for identification.

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