A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story

***** “Irresistibly theatrical! Mark Gatiss’s fabulous take on Dickens”
Daily Telegraph

**** “In the hands of Gatiss, Dickens’s festive tale banishes all thoughts of ‘Bah Humbug’”
Evening Standard 

**** “A spooky twist on the Dickens classic. Nicholas Farrell excels as Ebenezer Scrooge”

“Bewitching surprises”
The Guardian

“A theatrical spectacle!”
The Stage

Mark Gatiss (Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) leads an ensemble cast, in his own retelling of Dickens’ classic winter ghost story, filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects. Prepare to be frightened and delighted in equal measure as you enter the supernatural Victorian world of A Christmas Carol.

Mark Gatiss says –

“A Christmas Carol’ has been absolutely my favourite story since I was, well, tiny. It’s an astonishingly powerful tale of life, love, loss and redemption and remains supremely relevant. But at its heart it is a ghost story and that will be at the core of my new version. A scary, thrilling, joyous adventure to get the blood piping on a freezing winter’s night. A Victorian phantasmagoria!”

It’s a cold Christmas Eve and mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley. Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn’t too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate, but first he’ll have to face three more eerie encounters…

The production will open first at Nottingham Playhouse directed by its Artistic Director Adam Penford. Over Christmas the production will transfer to Alexandra Palace.

Olivier award-winner Mark Gatiss stars as Jacob Marley in his own retelling of Dickens’ classic winter ghost story alongside Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire, The Crown, The Iron Lady and 37 Days) as Scrooge; James Backway (Holes, The Taming of the Shrew, War Horse) as Fred; Angelina Chudi (Dear Elizabeth, Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her)) as Caroline; Jo Eaton-Kent (The Watch, Don’t Forget the Driver, Carousel) as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Zak Ford-Williams (Wolfe) as Tiny Tim; Aoife Gaston (Barbarians, Love & Information) as Belle; Christopher Godwin (Amadeus, This House, The Dig) as the Narrator; Edward Harrison (Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies, Holes, Skellig) as Bob Cratchit; Sarah Ridgeway (HALO, Fury, The Captive Queen) as Mrs Cratchit and; Joe Shire (Witness for the Prosecution, The Island) as Ghost of Christmas Present.

Age recommendation 8+
Running time approx. 2 hours 10 minutes (incl. interval)

This show was moved from 27 November 2020 – 9 January 2021 to 26 November 2021 – 9 January 2022. 2020/21 bookings for performances at Alexandra Palace have been rescheduled into the equivalent dates, and the same seats, for the 2021/22 run. Customers will be able to use their 2020/21 tickets for this year’s performances.

Visitors aged 18 and over must be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 status to enter the Theatre. Anyone aged 11 and over is required to wear a face covering when inside the Theatre (unless medically exempt), apart from when eating and drinking. Full details here 


How to get here

Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way
N22 7AY

Tube: Wood Green
Railway: Alexandra Palace Rail
Bus: W3 or Shuttle Bus