A (ONE-MAN) CHRISTMAS CAROL
Etcetera Theatre, Camden, 15 – 22 Dec 7pm
(Sun 17th: 6pm; no show on Mon 18th)
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes (no interval)
£11.50 / Concession: £9.50
The quintessential Christmas story. A fantastical social commentary about redemption and second chances. This “one-man” stage adaptation aims to rediscover its original form, as it would have been performed by Charles Dickens himself.
Set in London in 1843, on Christmas Eve. Despite the cold and widespread poverty of the time, people's joy filled the streets resounding with Christmas songs. That evening everyone seemed happy, apart from Ebenezer Scrooge, one of the richest and unhappiest men in town. Enslaved by his own selfishness and so miserable that he would not spend even a penny for himself, Christmas was just a waste of time for Scrooge. However, that very night, the spirit world decided to pay him a visit, and from that Christmas on, Scrooge would never be the same.
Adaptation by Jud Charlton and Paolo Serra/Original music by Giorgio Buttazzo with Jud Charlton/Directed by Paolo Serra/
Produced by The Gastronomical Company and Il Sipario Strappato
FRAN AND THE LITTLEST REINDEER
15th Dec (5pm), 16th &17th Dec (1.30pm & 3.30pm)
at The Bread & Roses Theatre in Clapham
£7 (£5 conc) Family Ticket (admits a group of 4) £20
19th & 20th December (1.30pm & 3.30pm)
at the Rosemary Branch Theatre in Islington
Fran and the Littlest Reindeer is a new piece, with puppets, original songs and includes a crankie shadow adventure story! The show is 30mins and is suitable for children 3+ and of course any adults of any age!
Fran is fed up with Christmas. If no one else cares that nothing is the same this year, then why should she? It’s going to take a lot more than fake snow and fake cheer to get her on board. But when an unexpected new friend arrives outside her window, it is up to Fran to get her cheer back, save the day and give everyone a chance for a happy holiday!
This show is the perfect Christmas treat!
Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington 1
2 Dec 2017 to 6 Jan 2018
7.30pm, matinees 3.00pm
(£16.95 conc, £14 previews 12/13th Dec)
This unique production takes Charles Dickens’ quintessentially Victorian British novel and places it in the diverse and tumultuous England of today. Great Expectations is a funny, fast-paced and moving adaptation by Tom Crowley (Shock Treatment, The Quentin Dentin Show). He fully reimagines the classic story for the modern day, while capturing Dickens’s humour, his humanity and his sense of adventure. Great Expectations remains a story about the ageless themes of unrequited love, the divide between the rich and the poor, and what it means to be a ‘good person’.