A Christmas Carol, Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow Tramway
A Christmas Carol, Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow Tramway

A Christmas Favourite Returns to Tramway Glasgow

Title:
A Christmas Carol

Dates:
3 Dec 2021 – 24 Dec 2021
Venue:
Tramway
25 Albert Drive
Glasgow
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley
G41 2PE

Originally by Charles Dickens, Dominic Hill’s production of A Christmas Carol by Citizens Theatre is finally back in its full glory and what a joy it is. The fantastic ensemble is a pure delight to watch, welcoming and transporting the audience straight into the story as you arrive. The show, which was last staged in 2018 at the Tramway, brings back the magic in this poignant Neil Bartlett adaptation.

A Christmas Carol was adapted for the stage in the year of its publication – 1843 – with the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve that year. Dickens himself also went on to adapt the work for his own public readings and the story continues to intrigue and capture even now, over 177 years later.  

Rachael Canning’s design is simple but very effective: an outline of a London skyline features as the main backdrop with a couple of pianos and other instruments scattered at the back of the stage. The actors welcome the audience as you arrive, cheerfully waving, signing, chatting, and dancing around the stage. This makes for a perfect contrast for when Scrooge makes his first appearance; the atmosphere changing immediately (Ben Ormerod does a terrific job with the lighting effects throughout the show). 

Ewan Miller as Mr Fezziwig and Ghost of Christmas Present captures the audience and gives a stellar performance while lunging between roles. The musical elements, composed by Nikola Kodjabashia and mostly performed by Rachel Campbell and Samuel Pashby, add to the atmospheric setting and allow the audience to fully immerse in the experience. Benny Young as Ebenezer Scrooge gives a terrific performance, reminding us all that it is never too late to change. 

Throughout the show, the contrast between the warmth of the people surrounding Scrooge and his own misery and isolation are communicated to the audience through sound, music, and acting so well that it becomes impossible not to share in his experience of change and reflection. Bartlett’s beautiful take truly captures the heart of this timeless tale. 

The craftsmanship of the production is truly incredible and makes for a very memorable viewing of the classic. The seamless time-travelling and reminiscing takes you on a wonderful and magical adventure of self-discovery. With an audience on all three sides, the Tramway stage is a huge bonus as it makes the experience feel more intimate and adds to a feeling of solidarity.

Recommended for ages six and over, this 75-minute performance will leave you feeling well and truly set in the Christmas spirit as it champions community, charity, and compassion. This adaptation has something for everyone to enjoy and celebrate during this special time of the year!

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