A Christmas Carol at Old Vic Theatre tickets
A Christmas Carol at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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About the show

Olivier Award-winning playwright Jack Thorne adapts Charles Dickens’ classic festive story A Christmas Carol for the stage, starring Welsh actor Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge. Directed by Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, the uplifting production plays a limited season at The Old Vic, following Bob Dylan musical Girl From the North Country.

Arguably Dickens’ best-known tale, A Christmas Carol follows the miserly Scrooge on a cold Christmas Eve. Throughout the night, he is visited by four mysterious ghosts, who take him on a dangerous journey through his own past, present and future. Confronted by his worst fears, Scrooge must decide whether he can continue to live such a selfish, lonely life. Can he save himself before Christmas morning?

After most recently appearing on stage alongside Glenda Jackson in King Lear, BAFTA Award-winning actor Rhys Ifans stars as Scrooge. Well-known for his extensive screen work, notable credits include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Notting Hill. Theatre credits include Don Juan in Soho at the Donmar Warehouse and Beautiful Thing at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Casting also includes John Dagleish, who received an Olivier Award for his performance in Sunny Afternoon as Bob Cratchit and Maria Omakinwa as Mrs Cratchit. Additional casting features Melissa Allan as Little Fan, Jamie Cameron as Young Ebenezer/George, Erin Doherty as Belle, Tim van Eyken as Nicholas, Alex Gaumond as Father/Marley, Siena Kelly as Jess, Eugene McCoy as Fred, Myra McFadyen as Ghost of Christmas Past, Alastair Parker as Fezziwig and Golda Rosheuvel as Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs Fezzwig, as well as Oliver Evans as Ensemble. 

Matthew Warchus directs, with award-winning productions to his name including Matilda the Musical and Groundhog Day the Musical. Adapted by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Junkyard), who most recently adapted Woyzeck for The Old Vic stage, A Christmas Carol features design by Rob Howell, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Simon Baker and compositions by Chris Nightingale.

Running for strictly limited seasonal performances, A Christmas Carol is the magical story of a cold-hearted man who learns to love Christmas, in a production packed with plenty of festive cheer. A Christmas Carol plays at The Old Vic Theatre from November 18th 2017 to January 20th 2018, with an official opening on November 29th 2019.

Recommended for

Fans of A Christmas Carol will adore this big-hearted production, which is guaranteed to spread some festive cheer. Those who enjoy the work of Rhys Ifans will also love seeing him as the miserly Scrooge.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 11+. Contains haunting supernatural themes, mature emotion, and some content which younger audiences may find upsetting.

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 25 Nov 2017
Press night: 29 Nov 2017
Booking from: 25 Nov 2017
Booking until: 20 Jan 2018

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

18 Reviews Add review

Fantastic cast, extremely Christmassy and I left with a huge smile on my face. Not too scary for children but they do need to be the... More

kirstieo29 5"1, 24 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A fantastic, fresh and creative telling of a classic. I loved everything about it and it really put me in the Christmas spirit! Don't... More

Jamb0r 178, 162 reviews, 8 helpful votes

What a fantastic family friendly production and is just the tonic to get you in the festive spirit. Stephen Tompkinson stars as Ebeneezer... More

joc78 5"4, 380 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Wonderful production. Imaginative staging and a great, hard-working cast. Enjoyed the hand-bell ringing, the music was lovely, as was... More

leepeddie 176, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A great adaptation of a classic story. Inventive and feel good.

stevesherwin 6”1, 63 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic was an absolute delight. There is no better way of getting into the Christmas spirit! Talented cast,... More

Martin02 177cm, 46 reviews, 0 helpful votes

LainerGertLush 5’4”, 58 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Wonderful Christmas show with Stephen Tompkinson in the lead. Clever set design and lighting. Audience were given free mince pies... More

lindabright 5'4", 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

williamburns1 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes