Things are going to be different. Very different…
1838, London. Jacob Marley is dead. And so is Ebenezer Scrooge…
In this reinvention of the timeless classic, Ebenezer has died and his sister Fan has inherited his money-lending business. She rapidly becomes notorious as the most monstrous miser ever known, a legendary misanthrope, lonely, and despised by all who cross her path.
This year, on Christmas Eve, Fan Scrooge will be haunted by three spirits. They want her to change. But will she?
This stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Christmas tale is by renowned author Piers Torday. Christmas Carol: A Fairy Tale first came to life in the Dickensian environment of the world’s oldest-surviving music hall, Wilton’s Music Hall, London, in December 2019.
It will prove a festive gift for amateur theatre companies seeking an original, female-led version with lashings of goodwill to all men – and women.
‘Delightfully surprising and subversive… offers both the story, and its 19th-century writer, a welcome 21st-century transformation’
‘Dickens’s classic is given a smart feminist spin in this bold new version’
— Time Out
‘An intelligent, compelling riff on [Dickens’ tale]… tremendously good fun. Torday’s text has a whip crack wit… at once familiar yet breathtakingly new-minted… a Christmas Carol that both embraces its historical context but speaks urgently to our time. It’s also a cracking piece of theatre’
‘A magical and heartwarming adaption’
— The Upcoming
‘A bold, satisfying and empowering re-imagining which dares to suggest that the humanism of Dickens’s moral is nothing without the feminism that the writer, and his works, ignored’
— The Reviews Hub
‘Never loses its grip on its storytelling nature and is as eerie as it is enchanting in its theatricals… modern in its heartwarming wish, and refreshes Scrooge’s redemption by giving an updated slant to the allegory’
— Broadway World