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Simon Callow once again returns to the Arts Theatre with A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol - 2018 Poster

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING critically acclaimed, sell-out seasons in 2011, 2012 and 2016, Simon Callow’s A Christmas Carol is returning to the Arts Theatre, where it will run for a strictly limited season from December 8, 2018 to January 12, 2019.

Using the adaptation Dickens made for his own public performances, Simon Callow together with director and designer Tom Cairns, have conjured up a moving, funny and fast-paced one-man theatrical spectacular, that is both intensely dramatic and profoundly heart-warming.

Dickens takes audiences on one man’s astonishing journey through his past, his present and (terrifyingly) his future, led by his three ghostly guides. Will Ebenezer Scrooge, tight-fisted, cruel and bitter, finally re-join the human race and learn to embrace the true generous and humble spirit of Christmas?

From the miser’s dank and creaking house filled with shadows to cosy hearths, from stark graveyards to joyful festivities, this treasured story offers a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and the promise of redemption.

Simon Callow returns to reprise his role, stepping back into Charles Dickens’ shoes following previous performances as the author in the stage productions of The Mystery of Charles Dickens at the Playhouse Theatre and Dr Marigold & Mr Chops at Riverside Studios, the film Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale, and on television in the BBC’s An Audience with Charles Dickens, and Doctor Who in 2005 and 2011.

Callow has even written two books about the author, Dickens’ Christmas in 2003 and Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World in 2012.

The enduring popularity of A Christmas Carol, both as a novel and on stage, is testament to a story that transcends over centuries and it has never been out of print. Within two months of its original publication in 1843, eight stage productions were known to have been mounted, and Dickens himself chose the story to perform not only at his first public reading in 1853 but also at his farewell performance in 1869.

A Christmas Carol is produced by Assembly Festival, directed and designed by Tom Cairns, with sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, and lighting by Adam Povey.

Alongside the return of the critically acclaimed stage production, Simon Callow and Tom Cairns have also reimagined the production especially for the cinema. A Christmas Carol starring Simon Callow is in cinemas nationwide on Tuesday, December 11. For screenings, visit

Tickets: From £25 (Previews from £20). To book, call the box office on 020 7836 8463 or visit

Times Tuesday to Sunday at 3.30pm and 7.30pm (see website for exceptions).

New British musical Six continues at the Arts Theatre until October 14, 2018.