Alexandra Palace Theatre, London
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)
Age Restrictions: This production is suitable for ages 12+
Tickets from £25.00
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Marley was dead: to begin with.
Following a phenomenally successful run in 2021, Mark Gatiss’ retelling of Dickens’ winter ghost story returns to the hauntingly atmospheric Alexandra Palace Theatre. Filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects, prepare to be frightened and delighted in equal measure as you enter the supernatural Victorian world of A Christmas Carol.
It’s a cold Christmas Eve and mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley. Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn’t too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate, but first he’ll have to face three more eerie encounters…
Alexandra Palace Theatre
Alexandra Palace Theatre
Alexandra Palace Way, London
The story of The Alexandra Palace Theatre is truly unique. Opened in 1875, the Theatre was a place of spectacle and delight where audiences of up to 3,000 people were entertained by pantomime, opera, drama and ballet. A feat of Victorian engineering, the impressive stage machinery was designed so that performers could appear, fly into the air and disappear through the stage.
However, it struggled to compete with the might of the West End and the theatre went on to be used as a cinema, a chapel and the home of music hall stars before a spell as a BBC prop store and workshop. For 80 years it has been closed to the public, a hidden gem perched high above the city.
Travel by train: Nearest tube: Wood Green
I had seen many interpretations of A Christmas Carol but never on the stage. The Old theatre at Alexandra Palace was the ideal setting providing a Victorian, eerie, feel to the production. The staging was very clever and the use of minimal modern effects made it all the more enjoyable. The actual high point for me was the rendition of 'Oh Come All Ye Faithful' which made me feel that Christmas really was upon us. We had good seats in the circle and the raking allowed a clear view of all the action. The only reason I did not give 5 Stars was two fold, first: There appeared to be some confusion when seating other customers and this delayed the start slightly. My second reason was; If you haven't read/seen the story before then it could be a bit difficult at some times to know what was going on. However, this did not affect us, or our afternoon, and we had a very enjoyable time, it was a great way to start Christmas.
Posted by Stephen S on 14/12/2023
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story, Alexandra Palace Theatre, London - 7th December 2023