A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic


‘Matthew Warchus’ production is a love song to Christmas, to the redeeming power of theatre and, not least, to The Old Vic itself’ The Observer

Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol returns to The Old Vic from 5 December, with previews from 27 November, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, a unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story for everyone aged 8+.

‘Jack Thorne’s superb retelling mines the ghosts of Scrooge’s past in a timely production brimming with love and affection’ - The Guardian

‘Matthew Warchus’s magnificent staging provides everything you might want from a theatrical adaptation of Dickens’s timeless (and never more timely) morality tale’ - The Independent

‘Dare I suggest it, it could even rival that obvious pinnacle of Dickens’ adaptations, The Muppet Christmas Carol’ - Radio Times

‘It’s a magical night. Enjoy.’ - The Times


Approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

Good To Know

- The performance on Sat 12 Jan at 2.30pm will now be an open performance – please see additional information below regarding open performances:

The actual production will be very similar and should not affect customer enjoyment of the show, the main differences are: 

- Audiences are welcome to make as much noise during the performance as they like and are free to come and go from the auditorium as they please 

- The house lights will be on at a low level at all times in the auditorium and we will remove any flashing lights and strobe lighting

- The sound levels of the production will be brought down slightly so it’s not too loud


Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

For access booking, please contact 0344 871 7628.

Audio described performance: Tue 8 Jan, 7.30pm, touch tour at 6pm

Captioned performance: Thu 10 Jan, 7.30pm

Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds after purchase.

How Does It Work

You will receive a voucher after purchasee.  Please print and present on arrival.

Suitable For Children

Age suitability: 8+.  Contains haunting supernatural themes, mature emotion, and some content which younger audiences may find upsetting.

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4.9(50 reviews)
  • Danielle

    Jan 21, 2019

    Thoroughly enjoyed the night. The acting was fabulous. Transported into Dickens era as it was so convincingly well acted. Minced pie was a nice touch. So much better than I expected with. Excellent value for money.

  • Caryl Hall

    Jan 21, 2019

    A most enjoyable production suitable for all ages. It was lovely to feel part of this story. The snow falling on the audience, the Christmas spice scent and the flying Brussels added to the happy atmosphere created in this production.

  • NM

    Jan 21, 2019

    Very enjoyable performance - the stage was in the center so we could see most of it. The atmosphere was very Christmassy and entertaining.

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