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A Christmas Carol Review 2019 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Stars: Joe Alwyn, Stephen Graham, Guy Pearce
From the moment you enter the Old Vic for A Christmas Carol there’s enough festivity to blast away all the bah Humbugs. Cheery-faced carol-singers hand out hot mince pies beneath a constellation of twinkling lanterns, as the in-the-round production invites audience members into a Gothic yet gleeful Dickensian winter.
Jack Thorne, the playwright with the magic touch, re-works A Christmas Carol for an absorbing and atmospheric new show. The oft-adapted novel feels shorter and snappier, without losing the distinctly Victorian exhuberance of Charles Dickens’ prose. Director Matthew Warchus maintains a fine balance between comedy and morality, evoking such an iresistible atmosphere that even those (like us) who know the story far too well will be newly entranced.
Artfully-harmonized carols punctuate the story, as a chorus of narrators in top hats and tails introduce the cantankerous Scrooge and his dead business partner, Jacob Marley.
There’s a poignant self-awareness to his Ebenezer Scrooge that makes you pity the scorned man. With his thinning, straggly grey hair and a thread-bare frock coat, he lurks in the counting house, haunted by ghosts of Christmasses past, present and future.
The well-known fable remains a complex portrait of cold-heartedness, that garners plenty of laughs without undermining Scrooge’s emotional scars.
After the ghostly decadence of the first-half, Scrooge’s redemption is brought to life with a pantomime frenzy. The entire auditorium is engulfed in the excitement as he gathers a feast to share with the Cratchits. It’s immersive, silly and totally infectious. But, a bewildered and tentative return to reality in the final moments reminds us that even Christmas miracles require patience, hard work and determination.
It’s a fitting message, and one that is likely to leave even 21st century Scrooges with a tear in the eye. Take all the family to remind them that Christmas cheer and goodwill go far deeper than the John Lewis advert.
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