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A Christmas Carol

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Closed January 6, 2024

not even Scrooge himself could dislike this

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With Christopher Eccleston as Scrooge!

Jack Thorne's (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) joyful version of A Christmas Carol returns to The Old Vic for the 2023 festive season, with Christopher Eccleston stepping in to the role of Scrooge! Matthew Warchus returns to direct this stirring production of the Charles Dickens classic, which takes us into the heart of Victorian London and into the austere counting offices of one Mr Ebeneezer Scrooge for a lesson in kindness he'll never forget.

Brimming with wit, festivity and Victorian charm, discover why A Christmas Carol remains the world's favourite festive treat

What is the story?

Crotchety London moneylender Ebeneezer Scrooge has spent nearly a whole lifetime in pursuit of pounds and pennies, at the cost of kindness, love, and happiness. His bad temper a black cloud that follows him always, he treats his only associates, his employees, and those desperate enough to borrow from him, with disdain and has no true friends.

Alone on Christmas Eve after eschewing the holiday in favor of working, it looks as if this miser has truly gotten what he deserves. That is until he's surprised by the reappearance of an old colleague - one whose been dead for seven years! What follows is an evening of supernatural visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Each sprit has something to show old Scrooge, hoping to change his ways and make him the man he always could have been. But will Scrooge learn his lesson? 

A festive fable that still hits close to home after nigh on 180 years, Charles Dicken's Christmas masterpiece teaches us about the power of redemption, community, and compassion and how it's never too late to change your ways.

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Opening night: 11 November 2023


Suitable for ages 8+

Run time

2 hours and 5 minutes with a 20 minute interval


You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative


Christopher Eccleston as Ebenezer Scrooge
Rob Compton as Bob Cratchit
Geraint Downing as Ferdy/George
James Hume as Nicholas
Hana Ichijo as Jess
Jessica Joslin as Mrs Cratchit
Julie Jupp as Ghost of Christmas Past
Gemma Knight Jones as Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs Fezziwig
Andrew Langtree as Father/Marley
Matthew Maddison as Young Ebenezer
Frances McNamee as Belle
Alastair Parker as Fezziwig
Rose Shalloo as Little Fan
Samuel Townsend as Fred

Rachel Moran and Jeremy Batt


Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Jack Thorne
Directed by Matthew Warchus
Design by Rob Howell
Movement by Lizzi Gee

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Ali: “Recommended in every way!”

A wonderful seasonal gritty, warm and engaging performance by all. The... more

Kelly Constantinou: “Magical evening at the Old Vic”

Get to see this wonderful version of anEnglish classic before it ends-... more

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