A Christmas Carol


Writers: Jack Thorne


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843)
Number of Acts
First Produced
Dark Comedy, Drama
Period, Simple/No Set
Time & Place
Victorian London, England
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, Ensemble Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, child characters


Jack Thorne’s modern adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, is a clever piece of theatre that takes place in the midst of carols and candlelight. Traditionally staged in the round, the theatre is transformed into an immersive experience, with mince pies and satsumas distributed around the audience. We follow the well-known story of Ebenezer Scrooge, who slowly and hesitantly transforms from a lonely, miserly tyrant to be reborn as a joyful businessman with a new chance at life. Free of romantic sentiment and portraying the harsh realities of Scrooge’s childhood with full force, this adaptation offers an unflinching, atmospheric, yet joyful look at a popular tale. Music is an integral part of the ensemble production, with Scrooge at its core. This is a tour de force for a leading man, as Scrooge does not leave the stage throughout all four acts of the play.

Lead Characters

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