After pretty much winning Christmas last year, Jack Thorne's adaptation of the Christmas classic returns to the hallowed halls of The Old Vic. With Stephen Tompkinson as the miserable old miser, what did the critics think of its return?
There was high praise indeed for the production with TimeOut London saying "It's magical, it's a risk, but if you don't like it, you might just die alone". They also praised Tompinkson as Scrooge, saying "The cast are generally superb but its Tomkinson's gig". The Times was also full of praise, calling it "sumptuously staged", with The Telegraph awarding the production four stars and rounding up their review with "not even Scrooge himself could dislike this".
The Stage mirrored their sentiment saying that the production was "joyful and generous", continuing with "All the amazing elements remain: the gorgeous spectral lighting from hundreds of dangling lanterns; the joyful Christmas Day scene; the wonderful box-of-trick of a stage; Simon Baker's stunning surround sound and Christopher Nightingale's glorious music, especially the reworkings of carols".
What is A Christmas Carol about?
Penny-pinching and bad-tempered old miser Ebenezer Scrooge goes on the adventure of his life, from his past to his present and beyond and learns that the value of gold will never equal that of genuine love for his fellow men. The classic tale thrills with its beloved characters and message of compassion, love and kindness and of course, Christmas spirit.
A Christmas Carol is now playing at the Old Vic Theatre through to January 19.