A Christmas Carol (Barlow)

by  Patrick Barlow

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

 

“Picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of December! It’s not fair sir d’ye hear me? Just not fair.”

 

It wouldn’t be Christmas without A Christmas Carol. In this new stage version, Patrick Barlow takes Charles Dickens’ classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption, and makes it feel brand new again.

 

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A Christmas Carol (Barlow)

by  Patrick Barlow

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    3m, 2f
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    Adaptations (Literature)

Additional Info

This adaptation brings the timeless tale to life with just five actors and all the wit, flair and theatrical invention you’d expect from Patrick Barlow, who brought The 39 Stepsto the stage so memorably.

 

Charles Dickens’ tale, adapted by Olivier Award winning and Tony nominated Patrick Barlow, returned to the stage of the Noël Coward Theatre in 2015, starring Jim Broadbent as Ebenezer Scrooge. Other plays adapted by Patrick Barlow include The 39 Steps, also published by Samuel French.

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Reviews

"...a true gift of a Christmas show." - LondonTheatre.co.uk

"warm and familiar" - The Stage

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Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Additional Features: Puppetry, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3m, 2f

ACTOR ONE (M) EBENEZER SCROOGE – standard English – 50–60

ACTOR TWO (M) BOB CRATCHIT – cockney – 40 MARLEY’S GHOST – standard English – 50–60 YOUNG SCROOGE – standard – 16–19 LITTLE SCROOGE – standard – 8 PETER CRATCHIT – cockney – 14 KATIE CRATCHIT – cockney – 9 BOY IN STREET – cockney – 12 FREDERICK’S CHILDREN – standard – 3–12 VARIOUS NARRATORS, CAROL SINGERS, DEBTORS, SPIRITS, SKATERS, ETC.

ACTOR THREE (F) MRS LACK – cockney – 40 LAVINIA BENTHAM – standard – 35 MRS GRIMES – Northern English – 60 FRAN – standard – 18 ISABELLA – Sweet spoken Irish – 18–28 GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT – cockney/various 60 MARTHA CRATCHIT – cockney – 16 FREDERICK’S HOUSEMAID – cockney – 30 VARIOUS NARRATORS, CAROL SINGERS, DEBTORS, SPIRITS, SKATERS, ETC.

ACTOR FOUR (F) HERMIONE BENTHAM – standard – 35 GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST – standard – 40 CONSTANCE – standard – 30 MRS CRATCHIT – cockney – 40 MOTHER – standard – 40 VARIOUS NARRATORS, CAROL SINGERS, DEBTORS, SPIRITS, SKATERS, ETC.

ACTOR FIVE (M) FREDERICK – standard – 35 MR GRIMES – Northern English – 60 MR FEZZIWIG – Irish – 50 GEORGE – standard – 30 KATE CRATCHIT – cockney – 10 ABIGAIL CRATCHIT – cockney – 10 GHOST OF CHRISTMAS YET TO COME – standard – 50–150 PASSER–BY – cockney – 20 VARIOUS NARRATORS, CAROL SINGERS, DEBTORS, SPIRITS, SKATERS, ETC.

PUPPETEER ONE (F) LITTLE SCROOGE, TINY TIM, VARIOUS CHILDREN, SPIRITS, PHANTOMS, URSULA CRATCHIT ETC.

PUPPETEER TWO (M) LITTLE SCROOGE, TINY TIM, VARIOUS CHILDREN, SPIRITS, PHANTOMS, PETER CRATCHIT ETC.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

This play is written for five actors and two puppeteers. Three men and two women. One actor plays Scrooge throughout. Everybody else plays everybody else.

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Patrick Barlow

Besides his version of Lew Wallace’s Ben Hur, Patrick’s Olivier-nominated adaptation of A Christmas Carol has played off-Broadway and London’s West End while his 4-person adaptation of The 39 Steps has played in over forty countries world-wide, winning Olivier, Helpmann, Moliere and Tony Awards and making Patrick the m ...

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