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A Christmas Carol

Venue: Stantonbury, MK
Date: 30 Nov 2019
Times: 7.30 pm

A Christmas Carol

Saturday 30th November, 7.30pm

After last year's sell-out success, European Arts Company returns to Stantonbury Theatre with another festive outing of A Christmas Carol. Come and enjoy a seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future and experience being in the audience in 1860 watching, as actor John O’Connor recreates, ‘Dickens’ as he makes his first public performance of this well known tale. This exciting production, adapted from Dickens’ own public reading of scripts and eye witness accounts of him on stage, recreates the spirit of Dickens’ original performances.

Tom Paris’s design welcomes audiences into Dickens’ intimate study, a warm inviting environment full of festive cheer and hidden surprises.  The set is based on Dickens’ own London rooms and takes inspiration from a rich tradition of Victorian illusion, imagination and early theatrical trickery.

Few people know that Charles Dickens originally wanted to be an actor and A Christmas Carol was the first public performance he gave of his own work.  After his opening night he said: “The success was most wonderful and prodigious – perfectly overwhelming and astounding altogether!”

Dickens enacted the work over 150 times and the effect on the public was phenomenal; he had a magnetic stage presence, riveting eyes, expressive voice and wonderful powers of characterisation.

Remarkably, Dickens made more money from his readings than all his novels and stories put together.

John O’Connor is an engaging and charismatic performer, slipping deftly between the characters, aided by little more than some smartly used sound effects and tight direction from Peter Craze. … O’Connor’s performance is a delight. A festive treat (The Stage). ????

This production will be supporting Great Ormond Street

Tickets £13 / £11
For more information and to book call Stantonbury Theatre, box office on 01908 324466.
They can also be purchased online from www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk

Venue                Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes



 

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