★★★★★ ‘Makes one bounce out of the theatre with heart aglow and eyes misted with tears.’ Daily Telegraph
It was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen. Simon Callow was outstanding. He was passionate, engaging, and totally brilliant. He captured the audiences imagination with his excellent performance whilst using very few props and sheer talent.
Truly, I did not know what to expect, I thought perhaps Simon would read from the original novel and add his own character to it. The play was fantastic, he was fantastic, little twists and scenes from the novel simply came alive. (Was a tad cold in the theatre, and sometimes it peeves me, that I book ahead and pay full price, then on the day, remaining tickets are sold so much cheaper!) Notwithstanding, it was well worth every penny and I wouldn’t let this spoil the memory. Moving, funny, sincere, a sensational performance that I shall not forget, ever. Congratulations to all those involved.
Simon Callow is amazing he brings to life an integral part of Christmas funny touching and beautifully crafted will definitely take family and friend
An excellent production. Simon Callow is superb. He gave a stunning performance over the 80 minutes - the time just flew by. He kept us enthralled right until the end. Congratulations to you Simon and hopefully you will come back again for the next Christmas season.
Simon Callow’s one man “A Christmas Carol” was an absolute joy. For 80 minutes he kept the audience spellbound, reflecting the satire, humour and commentary of Dickens Victorian London. The minimalist set, just a screen and a few chairs, added to the sense of intimacy and worked really well. It is obvious from the performance that Simon Callow has a great affection for Dickens’ work. This performance truly was wondrous and I only wish I’d seen it before Christmas to add to the sense of joy.
Simon Callow was utterly brilliant and brought to life every Dicken’s character in his this monologue. His alacrity on stage complemented his spellbinding performance. It was a last minute decision to go as I was passing through London and it was the highlight of my trip. To top it all off I have a beautiful photo of Simon and myself...the cherry on the perfectly prepared cake.
Wonderful experience- Mr Callow is superb. He is able to conjure up vivid ghosts, characters and scenes. All very moving. Pity Dickens himself is not around to see him perform.
Simon Callow was wonderful how did he remember all those words. We would always try and attend any thing he does.
Great to be read a classic from a mesmerising actor. To capture the audience with just one's voice alone takes stage presence at it's best.
What a delight. The wonderful Simon Callow in full flow. His ability to move from grumpy to happy, laughter to tears, old man to young - and dance around the stage like a man of much fewer years, made this one-man Show seem like a fully casted play. Truly enjoyable.
Utterly gripping rendition of A Christmas Carol, close to how it would have been presented to audiences by Dickens himself. Simon Callow is always amazing, but his one man performance was a revelation. Children and adults alike were gripped. The approx. 80 min performance flew by. Moving forward, I look forward to seeing Simon Callow again. A genius in his craft. Regarding the theatre, it is quirky and small enough to make the whole experience all the better, with the audience very close to the stage. Definitely going to keep an eye on future offerings at this venue to.
We love this story so much and had been looking forward to seeing this adaptation. I have to admit that I thought that I thought it rather slow for the first 15 minutes and wondered the whole story would fit in . Suddenly, Simon Callow made individual characters come alive and we were swept along in a most entertaining storytelling.
It was a real privilege to see such an extraordinary and accomplished performance. Simon Callows' mastery of Dickens defies description. We were totally absorbed and enjoyed every moment. How he does it, I don't know but I am so pleased that I was able to be there. A huge thank you to Simon, a master of his art.
An engaging retelling of this masterpiece as a comment on social injustice. Three of my children, aged 15, 13 and 12, were engaged throughout and talking about the execution and key themes on the journey home... well done Simon and thank you.
what a joy! what an amazing performance Simon Callow commanded the stage and held us in his story telling - each of us felt it was being told directly to our self. from my mother at 84 to my daughter at 16 we all were entranced. highly recommended.
excellent but at only 1hr 15 mins it was too short - thought scheduled time was 1hr 40 mins? Maybe matinee is shorter
I took two granddaughters, aged 11 and 9, to see this magical one-man show. Eighty minutes of illusion, of rich Dickensian language and characterisation, of eyes-defying peopling of the stage with dozens of characters - male, female, adult and child - by a single actor as he plays the parts of Dickens (or the narrator), Scrooge, 'Young' Bob Cratchit, nephew Fred, Mrs Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the Fezziwigs and their scores of guests, philanthropic gentlemen seeking charitable contributions - oh, and ghosts, more or less scary. Simon Callow doesn't just mange this successfully, he revels in it, and the audience with him. The staging is artfully simple, concealing some pretty clever stuff, and the effect, in this so-called 'boutique theatre', is delightfully intimate. I think every member of the audience felt that Simon Callow was putting on the show for them alone. I loved it, my granddaughters loved it, everyone loved it. Dickens may have invented what we now think of as the secular magic of Christmas, but he also cared deeply about those for whom Christmas was no less hard a time than the rest of the year, and worked to do something about it. This show puts across a Christian message without religiosity, and I think Dickens himself would have been delighted with it. The Big Issue benefits from the sale of the programmes - a nice (and appropriate) touch.
I absolutely loved Simon's rendition of A Christmas Carol and was completely transfixed by his great story telling and acting skills, not to mention his dancing, which was very entertaining. I thought the particular use of the six chairs and stool (props) was indeed very clever, depicting the different characters and scenes. I would highly recommend that this is definitely not a production to be missed.
He is superb. You can imagine every character and I enjoyed every minute.
A tour de force. Highly recommended!
Excellent one man show with Simon Callow. I wasn't sure how a one man A Christmas Carol would work but it did and was very clever. Simon Callow was brilliant and I would highly recommend anyone to go to see this.
I cannot sing the praise of the genius Simon Callow enough....amazing, awesome performance. Would watch again!
Excellent show, can’t fault Simon Callow. Injoyed every minute
The story is well known but Simon Callow's storytelling brings it vividly and expertly to life. A treat for Christmas and beyond and at a running time of 1 hour and 20 minutes, short enough to stuff into anyone's stocking.
I was a bit dubious about the one man show but Simon Callow held the audience for 80 minutes with his brilliant charisma and brought the story to life with only a few chairs for props.
Simon Callow tell’s Charles Dickens Christmas Carol with talent and wit and take’s your imagination into Dicken’s Christmas Carol .
Really lovely piece of storytelling.
For one actor to speak for well over an hour, non-stop, holding the entire audience in rapt attention throughout is, I would have thought, extremely rare in theatre history. And the simple be effective props - backdrop, candlelight and snow - made for a magical production.
The performance was lovely. But the theatre is very run down and it was not pleasant to see rats scurrying up the stairs beside me!
The show was enthralling from the start .Although I know the story well I have never heard it told in such a fantastic way. Mr callow was has good if not better than I have ever seen him
My wife and I first saw Simon callow in a Christmas Carol in 2012 and have tried several times to see him again. We were really looking forward to this and it was magical. This is a must if you are a Dickens fan and love Christmas.
We arrived at the theatre to be greeted by very friendly helpful staff.The theatre is small and has a lovely atmosphere.We didn't use the bar so can't comment on that. Simon Callows performance was absolutely fantastic,being a one man show my daughter and I didn't know what to expect.If you get the chance to see Simon Callow you won't be disappointed.He got a standing ovation and people couldn't stop talking about how good he was as they where leaving.T
The show is to be highly recommended. Simon Callow is all things Dickens and essentially this is he, relating the story A Christmas Carol as if he were reading it to you and with the use of minimal staging and lighting. It is a tribute to him that you are lost in this familiar story as it rolls along in 80 minutes with no interval. If you think you’re going to a full on theatrical show, you’re not. It’s basicly an intimate reading of the story which is skilfully done and fits so well with the theme.
I was taken back to Dickensian Britain from the very beginning of this performance, the setting was just as I had imagined it accompanied by strains of an old fashioned Christmas Carol. I sat with anticipation wondering how this classic was going to pan out, having not read any previews prior to my attending this play. It was very cleverly played and at times I expected a whole crowd of people to arrive and take their places on the strategically laid out chairs...was slightly disappointed as Simon Callow continued to narrate and act the parts of various characters. The sound effects were fabulous as were the modern interjections. On the whole a well told story but I felt could’ve benefited with more actors just to make it not look like it was conducted on a shoestring budget!
Simon Callow gives a one-man performance of captivating brilliance.
Loved every minute of this play! From his first sentence Simon Callow transports you back to Victorian London. It is ‘fireside’ story telling at its best and takes an actor of Callow’s immense abilities to captivate entirely. Go and see it!
What a charming evening. A lovely start to the festive season..Simon Callow IS the man for this season. Like being read to by you favorite and we’ll loved uncle! I took me instantly back to primary school where once a week we listened to the Friday story on the wireless.. Would I recommend this ...you bet ya! Thank you Mr Callow xx
What a masterful performance! Simon Callow excelled and had the audience captivated throughout. Thoroughly recommended as the perfect theatre visit for the Christmas season!
With few props and the most minimal of sets, Simon Callow brought the essence of A Christmas Carol to achingly beautiful life. His performance evoked to their fullest the contours of dread, joy and pathos of the original text, also pared down but losing nothing in his retelling. I wept three times. If you can, go and be bowled over. Magnificent.
What a great show. Simon Callow was amazing!
Totally in awe of the talent of this fine actor. He had great stage presence and was in my opinion, unique. Highly recommended, esp leading up to Xmas.
A new way of hearing a well loved and familiar story . Simon Callow was captivating and brought each character to life .
Simon Callow was excellent, but paying £36 to sit on a narrow bench at the back of the circle was incredibly uncomfortable and spoilt what should have been a nice experience. It is also a one man show, which is not pointed out when booking,, so I was a little disappointed. Simon Callow did a great job though.
Fantastic evening , Simon Callow performed brilliantly . My only problem was a VERY tall gentleman blocked my view for a lot of the performance ... great shame
Fantastic. Simon Callow was superb in this one man show. His changes of voice, and acting out scenes was brilliant - I particularly enjoyed the dance at Fezziwig's! It had a wonderful intimate atmosphere. At times, I forgot about the rest of the audience - it was as if Mr Callow were sitting in my living room acting just for me. I can't think of a better start to the festive season.
Amazing. Simon Callow holds your attention the whole time
Captioned performances: Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 3:30PM and 7:30PM
Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB
No refunds available after purchase.
80 minutes no interval
Suitable For Children
Age Recommendation: 8+
When Can I Go
Saturday 8 December 2018 - Saturday 12 January 2019
Matinees - 3:30PM
Evenings - 7:30PM