This festive season European Arts Company returns with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol following a highly successful run in 2018.
Inspired by Dickens’s own charitable work, the 2019 tour is in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, reflecting the heart-warming message of Scrooge’s philanthropic transformation in this perennial Christmas classic.
The production will be staged just as Dickens himself performed it over 150 years ago.
He was the first writer to publicly act out his own work and, in doing so, invented a new genre of performance.
Working with the script Dickens used, actor John O’Connor plays over 20 characters, drawing the audience into this Victorian ghost story about the power of compassion and generosity to transform lives.
Even the most miserly of hearts will be stirred this festive season as this wonderful tale takes them from Dickens’s own warm study, to Scrooge’s freezing house and the Cratchits’ welcoming dinner table.
John O’Connor lives in Rochester where Dickens grew up and set many of his stories including Great Expectations, The Pickwick Papers and The Mystery of Edwin Drood .
O’Connor says: “In these times of austerity and uncertainty, this beautiful story is as relevant now as it was in 1843.
“It’s fascinating to see how Dickens communicated it so directly to his audiences in public performances.
“He made them laugh and cry in equal measure, taking them on a magical journey and imparting the true spirit of Christmas.
“The show is a chance for audiences to feel what that was like. It’s a joy to do and we will have some fun along the way”.
Laura Savory, Head of Community Fundraising at Great Ormond Street Hospital said: “We are delighted that European Arts Company is raising money through their production to support the valuable work of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
“Charles Dickens was instrumental in helping to support the hospital when it was founded in 1852 and did some early public readings of A Christmas Carol in aid of GOSH”.
UK Tour Dates
November 27, Theatre Royal Margate
November 28, Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells
November 29, Discovery Centre, Winchester
November 30, Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes
December 1, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge Anglia Ruskin University
December 2, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford Eastgate St, Stafford ST16
December 3, The Lights Andover
December 4, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead
December 5 – 7, The Old Courtroom, Brighton
December 9 & 23, Greenwich Theatre Studio, London
December 10 – 11, Stamford Arts Centre
December 12 – 13, The Courtyard, Hereford
December 15, Loughborough Town Hall
December 17 – 21, York Theatre Royal.