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Image: @ A Christmas Carol (John O’Connor) courtesy of David Bartholemew

Actor John O’Connor delightfully recreates Charles Dickens’s famous performance of his best-loved ghost story.

This December European Arts Company are bringing their acclaimed adaptation of A Christmas Carol to historic UK venues, starring John O’Connor as Charles Dickens. The tour includes venues where Dickens himself performed the classic Christmas ghost story, providing audiences with a historically accurate festive treat. The tour includes the beautiful Music Room of Brighton Pavilion (1861) and The Halls in Norwich (1859). The show is also returning to Greenwich Theatre for the fifth successive year, just 100 metres from where Dickens read A Christmas Carol to Greenwich Literary Institution in 1866.

This exciting production, adapted from Dickens’s own public reading scripts and eyewitness accounts of him on stage, recreates the spirit of his original performances. O’Connor says,” I’m delighted to be coming back to these venues with A Christmas Carol. Dickens himself performed the story all over the UK and America and it’s wonderful to follow in his legendary footsteps. The show was a sell-out success when we last performed and the audience reaction was delightful. There will be laughs, tears and plenty of Christmas cheer.”

The tour will be in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, which Dickens helped found. A Christmas Carol was directed by the distinguished director, actor, teacher (and Greenwich resident) Peter Craze, who sadly passed away a couple of years ago. This was the last show he directed, and the production is dedicated to his memory.

A Christmas Carol was the first public reading Dickens gave of his own work. He enacted it over 150 times and the effect on the public was phenomenal. ‘The success was most wonderful and prodigious – perfectly overwhelming and astounding altogether!’ he said after the first night. This Christmas, you can experience what it must have been like to be in the audience! Come and enjoy a seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future.

O’Connor is mesmerising – and as haunting as the ghosts he conjures before our eyes. Beautiful, urgent, important and utterly brilliant.' - Brighton & Hove Independent

This almost feels immersive. John O'Connor's performance is delightful. A festive treat.' - The Stage ★★★★

Tour Dates:

THU 1 - FRI 2 STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE

SUN 4 LOUGHBOROUGH TOWN HALL

TUE 6 THE HALLS, NORWICH

FRI 9 THE PHOENIX THEATRE, BORDON

MON 12 GREENWICH THEATRE

TUE 13 - WED 14 THE SPRING ARTS CENTRE, HAVANT

THU 15 - FRI 16 THE COURTYARD, HEREFORD

MON 19 GREENWICH THEATRE

WED 21 - FRI 23 BRIGHTON ROYAL PAVILION

Further Information: - Christmas Carol (europeanarts.co.uk)

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