A Christmas Carol
05 December 2022
4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Ah, my yearly tradition of seeing A Christmas Carol in the theatre. This year, I actually have four different versions booked, so you can look forward to a few more reviews later in the month!
But first off was the Old Vic version currently playing, I originally booked this in February, so it’s been a long time of looking forward to this. They really stepped it up for this production, handing out mince pies and satsumas to patrons before the show. There are hundreds of lanterns dangling from the ceiling, and the seating is arranged around a big central cross with movable stage furnishings. Some of the seats are actually on top of the stage, which looks a bit odd, but also very personal and cozy in a way.
I don’t have to say much about the story itself, as it is such a well known one. This production fleshed things out very well, approaching the plotlines with a loving hand but not delving too deep into any scene, keeping the feeling of storytelling very prevalent. There are several interactions with the audiences in the second act, leading to riotous laughter.
This show is so well put together, spreading Christmas cheer and the message of love and togetherness beautifully. If you need a seasonal pick-me-up, or just love A Christmas Carol as much as I do, go and get yourself a ticket for the Old Vic’s production!