Think of someone miserable at Christmas and no doubt you’ve called them a “Scrooge” or said “Bam Humbug!” Both phrases were, of course, made famous by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge who doesn’t believe in Christmas and is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come. It’s a wonderful story experienced by so many since the novel first appeared in 1843.
I was invited along to review “A Christmas Carol” at The Mac Theatre and was expecting the traditional story, but what transpired was a comical, fast-paced take on the old festive classic!
In this, we’re taken to a run-down theatre which owner Scrooge is planning to close and sell for apartments. But it isn’t just a theatre- it’s the heart of the community and home to so many of the ghosts of the staff and actors over the years. What would become of them if it closed?
Together with Tiny Tim, the son of Scrooge’s assistant Bobbie Crachit, the ghosts set about trying to make Ebenezer change his ways.
We have the over-the-top French ghost Scarlett who plays Christmas past, but she constantly forgets her words! Then we have the larger-than-life Christmas Present, constantly cracking jokes, even in the most inappropriate moments. But it is the final Theatre Ghost Sam who hopes Scrooge will see the error of his ways by looking into his dark future. Can they do it before it’s too late?
The show is funny, entertaining and thankfully not too scary for the little ones. (My daughter is only turning 3 so I thought she’d be a little young to sit through the play so she didn’t come along with me, and I do think it’s more for aged 4+.)
It’s a fun, lively version of a old classic, so if you’re looking for a different panto experience this year, check out The Mac’s take on A Christmas Carol before 5 January!
These tickets were gifted in exchange for an honest review.