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Outstanding production of A Christmas Carol by Northern Stage

December 7, 2018

 

 

Adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the perfect antidote to the usual fuzz of Christmas. 

Dickens classic tale of ghosts, greed and goodwill still has relevance in our modern world. 

The Northern Stage production of A Christmas Carol was fantastic. The director, Mark Calvert’s vision for the story was enlightened. Visually stunning and fast-paced.

Nick Figgis who played Scrooge was amazing. You saw him physically transform from a Christmas-hating miser to a man whose heart is overflowing with Christmas spirit.

Rachel Dawson’s entry as Scrooge’s deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, was spine-tingling. Suspended from the roof she appeared to be floating above the stage and her performance was a pure spectacle.

The ensemble cast was hard working and dedicated. They added depth and layering to the show that kept the story moving. A special mention has to go the puppeteers whose portrayal of the Ghost of Christmas Future, Ignorance and Want. They brought an uneasy and chilling atmosphere to the performance.

Like a hard winter frost, this adaptation got right to the frozen heart of Dickens’ story. A gripping production from beginning to end that was a privilege to see. 

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