Following sell-out seasons in 2011/12 and critical and audience acclaim, Simon Callow returns in this much-lauded production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, playing at the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited season from 8 December. Based on Dickens' own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director-designer Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive story-telling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving. A Christmas must-see for 8-88 year olds! Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL is one of the most beloved books in the English language. It has become a classic Christmas tale for generations of grown-ups and children alike. As the ghosts spirit Scrooge from the present to his past and future, Dickens takes us on a magical journey from the miser's dank and creaking house to cosy hearths, and from snowy graveyards to joyful festivities. This treasured story offers a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and the promise of redemption. Simon Callow, one of the nation's best loved actors, returns to Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL after huge international success with The Mystery of Charles Dickens (West End and Broadway), national acclaim for Dr Marigold & Mr Chops and guest starring as Dickens on Doctor Who (BBC). Notable recent acting work has included his performance as Count Fosco, the villain of Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White, both in film and on stage; as Pozzo in Beckett's Waiting for Godot opposite Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart and Ronald Pickup; and as the psychiatrist in Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Peter Shaffer's Equus.
a wonderfull performance by a master.would recommend to everyone.
A lovely adaptation of a timeless story. Simon Callow gives a sensitive portrayal of all the characters, especially Scrooge. I left the theatre feeling uplifted and humbled after seeing such a wonderful performance.
I wasn't disappointed with this production it was everything I expected and more. I'm amazed at Simon Callow's energetic storytelling which he made come so alive for the whole hour and a bit. Anyone who hasn't seen this yet is in for a treat. It was really special to see it just before Christmas too
As my 14year old daughter commented at the end... 'how does he remember an entire book and so brilliantly?' And,' I thought I'd be bored but it was really exciting and time passed so quickly'. I replied... 'he' s passionate about his subject. He was basically 'Dickens'. We both loved it all. I've read this story every Christmas for the past 7years and it was our book club choice this November but NOTHING brings it to life as convincingly as this performance. An absolute MUST SEE for all Dickens fans and beyond. Bravo Mr Callow
This was an amazing show - brilliantly delivered.....
Thank you Simon Callow & all crew for a truly fantastic experience. We loved it!
A brilliant performance. I came from Dorset to see Simon. And he did not disappoint. Just wish I could see him more often.
What a fantastic show! I have seen A Christmas Carol many times but never as a one man show, Simon Callow was magnificent! A brilliant family night out.
An absolutely wonderful production, a must for anyone who loves 'A Christmas Carol'. Simon Callow is superb and the most fantastic narrator anyone could wish for. You are transported to the world of Ebernezer Scrooge, a truely magical performance a must for the Christmas Season. Everyone in the audience spellbound hanging on his every word.
Excellent adaptation of this Dickens classic. The fact that it was just one actor working with the minimum of stage props meant that the true message of this story was delivered without any distraction and all the more powerful for it. A brilliant performance from Mr.Callow. Highly recommended.
Simon Callow was brilliant in this show with his performance & the way he portrayed all the characters. I took my 8 year old daughter & she thoroughly enjoyed it too
A wonderful reduction of Dickens Tale; carrying the spirit of Christmas forward. Thank you!
First class show. Moving. Simon Callow very talented. And customer service from the Arts Theatre & from Box Office is really good - solved a problem for me wihout it being a problem!
Simon Callow is spellbinding, he is a brilliant talent - God bless him.
It made me and my family cry in the end. So, go see, and let Callow take you by the hand and direct your emotions. Mats
A superb performance of a timeless classic. We loved it!
Callow delivers a marvelous performance as every character of Dickens play. Just as Dickens would have done
Simon Callow was incredible, his take on each character was brilliant! He had the perfect balance of scary, serious and funny, and told the parable perfectly! As a lover of Dickens and 'A Christmas Carol' particularly, I'm hard to impress so this was amazing! DO NOT MISS OUT!!
A wonderful storyteller.
A Dickens Classic done in the most fantastic way. A brilliant stage set with a craftsman of his art in Simon Callow. What more could one want? Absolutely mesmerising could watch it all again. Only negative were children in the audience that were too young to understand or care about the performance. Try to keep it to over 8s.
He held the audience in the palm of is hand throughout the whole performance - children included. amazing voice, wonderful telling of the story and great dancing too!
If it wasn't impressive enough that he memorised the book it was delivered brilliantly with a warmth and an engagement that brought the story to life. Outstanding.
A tour de force.The audience of all ages was kept spellbound as Simon Callow brought you into the world of Scrooge and those around him.It was almost as if you were in the same room as the characters and we went home full of the spirit of Christmas.
There are times in Theatre when one leaves feeling completely satisfied. Simon Callow's rendition of a Christmas Carol was one such occasion. His characterisation was both original in subtle humorous interpretations through movement sequences, beautifully traditional in the sense that Scrooge was Scrooge and nephew Fred full of warm benevolence but perhaps his brilliance lay in the timing of character response and change. Stage effects were fascinating and perfectly balanced being neither over nor under done. A Christmas treat not to be missed.
Simon Callow was absolutely superb and the whole production was a joy to watch and experience. Thoroughly recommend.
I enjoyed every minute of this show. Simon Callow was incredible and told the story in a way that you come out wondering how on earth he convinced you that only one actor was required to portay all of the characters in the story. The set was simple and absolutely captivating. The last few lines of the show were delivered beautifully and I will keep and honour Christmas always!
A really excellent evening.
Simon Callow was fantastic. As a Christmas Carol addict I thoroughly enjoyed the different performance.
Simon Callows adaptation of A Christmas Carol is a joy to behold. With minimal props and his stage prescence he draws you into the story. I would recommend this to everyone of all ages. A wonderful way to start Christmas!
Absolutely amazing. Very moving and incredible performance
Attended a matinee performance with my family including my 14 year old daughter. Simon Callow is absolutely brilliant as a storyteller with a perfect mix of narrative, acting and comedy with a handful of props and illuminated back drop. He held the audiences attention throughout the performance. Left the theatre feeling very Christmassy!!
I was completely stunned by Simon's performance, the best production I've seen in a long long time!
The deep, resonating voice of Simon Callow, is like chocolate melting in the mouth. A true performer, who brings Dickens to life like only he can.
What a fantastic performance by Simon Callow ..I has a seat in the second row and felt very privileged to have seen this wonderful performance ! Go and see it you won't be disappointed.
Simon Callow had us all in the palm of his hand as he wove his way through this Christmas play. Wonderful projection, brilliant interpretation, a splendid afternoon in the theatre. So enthralling even the children present were quiet as mice.Supurb!
Excellent show. Well presented, short (no interval - 1hr 20 mins total) and packs an emotional punch. Well worth a visit.
As expected mr callow did a fantastic performance only to ruined by people with children who could not sit still, as for those with coughs,I don't know how he could perform so well.
Great entertainment enthralling a complete tour de force by simon callow bringing dickens classic tale to life.
Simon is mesmerizing on stage. The show is amazing and brings home the true message of Christmas.
Simon Callow was superb as a one man tornado bringing to life a much loved Dickens tale. Effusive yet nimble in his speech and gait. Apparent joy and passion in his craft were in abundance - keeping us the audience, enthralled! Merry Christmas, Scrooge!
84 Long Lane, London SE1 4AU
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Simon published his own biography of Dickens in early 2012. On screen, Simon is best known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and Amadeus
1 hour 30 mins - no interval
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***** 'Makes one bounce out of the theatre with heart aglow and eyes misted with tears.' Daily Telegraph **** 'A spellbinding piece of theatre' Financial Times **** 'A Dickens tour de force' Daily Mail **** 'Warm-hearted. Enthralling. Reminds us what a true Christmas might be' Daily Express **** 'Beautiful and Magical' Daily Telegraph 'An absolute master... A man utterly in command of his art' Daily Mirror
Suitable For Children
Where Do I Go
Arts Theatre : 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H7JB NEAREST TUBE: LEICESTER SQUARE. Take the Cambridge Circus exit (Exit 3). The theatre is the first street on the right.