In 1843, Charles Dickens wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’ to draw attention to a divided society in which the rich prospered and the poor, particularly their children, suffered. 175 years later, there are 20 food banks in this wealthy city of ours.
This new adaptation follows the plot and contains all the characters of the original story, set in the present day. Like the original, it’s full of the sights, sounds and spirit of Christmas.
Christmas 2009, City Road Crematorium and Ebenezer Scrooge is the only witness at the funeral
of his business partner, Jacob Marley.
Eight years later, on Christmas Eve 2017, Scrooge snaps and snipes as he makes his way past carol singers, drinkers, charity collectors and that
irritating homeless man who insists on sitting outside the door of E.S. Payday Loans. Inside, Bob Cratchit is scraping a living on a zero-hours contract.
Ebenezer hates Christmas. It has not been a good time for him. Tonight, however, everything will change ...
The audience said……
‘An absolute triumph. The cast had such an amazing engagement with each other. Fantastic vibe.’
‘You did Dickens proud.’
‘Technical and backstage expertise that Spectrum exhibits …. to the audience everything went without a hitch.’
‘ “A Christmas Carol” was truly inspiring – superbly written and performed.’
‘One of the best things I’ve ever seen in the theatre – I will never forget it’
‘This was a production that tackled head on the issues that Dickens would have written about had he lived now. It tackled them honestly and movingly.’
‘Very funny, very clever and very heart-warming.’
‘Fantastic script and production’
‘A fantastic performance, we thoroughly enjoyed it.’
‘A wonderful take on ’A Christmas Carol’
‘Warm, funny and inspiring.’
'The true spirit of ‘A Christmas Carol’ comes to Sheffield, faithful to the original,
relevant to us now’ [Steve Roberts, Sheffield Dickens Fellowship]
A Christmas Carol was our first full-length production. We wanted to provide a vehicle for our expanded company, reach a wider audience and impress them with the quality of our work.
... It couldn’t have gone better!
We sold out the three nights, had a wonderful reaction from a whole range of people (see below)
and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
To cap it all, our end-of-performance bucket collections raised a staggering £1400
for HARC and Roundabout, two local Sheffield charities that support the homeless - thank you audiences for your generosity.
So, we’ve got the Library Theatre booked for the same time next year when we’ll be putting on our very own musical!!
We hope to see you there.