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Edinburgh Christmas-Carol: Crawford Logan and Grant O'Rourke. Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

Scrooge in Edinburgh is at the heart of this delightful Christmas story, with Greyfriars Bobby meeting Tiny Tim in a perfectly pitched seasonal romp.

This production is of course designed to be enjoyed by children, and judging from the hearty chuckles and giggles issuing from the stalls throughout, it certainly hit its mark.

At one point, where a gruesome punishment from the dog-catcher is being described, a particularly appreciative and well timed cackle from a young audience member started a secondary wave of hilarity from the whole audience.

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has of course been told many times, but it is a sign of the strength of the original story’s social and political messages that it remains so popular: timeless and engaging.

As well as the core story of the transformation of the protagonist through the visits of three spirits, there is a distinctive Edinburgh thread woven into the story, with the story of Greyfriars Bobby being added to the tale.

Edinburgh Christmas Carol (L-R) Grant O'Rourke, Edie Edmundson, Brian James O'Sullivan. Puppets by Simon Auton. Photo credit Mihaela Bodlovic

Edinburgh Christmas Carol (L-R) Grant O'Rourke, Edie Edmundson, Brian James O'Sullivan. Puppets by Simon Auton. Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic

Bobby himself is a delightful puppet, as is the character of Tiny Tim, and these puppets by Simon Auton in particular delight the youngest in the audience. The dog is cute and adorable, and Tiny Tim is plaintive and big-eyed, and these two characters help to blend the local story with the classic version.

Edinburgh itself is also portrayed strongly in the stage sets, with the castle looming over everything, and the buildings of the old town dominating. Atmospheric lighting, swift and inventive scenery changes, and the simple magic of stage snow all combine to keep the audience enthralled, and the singing of the community choir is perfect.

This really is a show to bring you into the Christmas spirit, and to delight an entertain young theatre-goers. There is just enough in terms of corny jokes, slapstick, drama and magic to make a perfect evening at the theatre.

Edinburgh Christmas Carol Eva Traynor. Photo credit Mihaela Bodlovic

Edinburgh Christmas Carol Eva Traynor. Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic.

The performances from an impressive and versatile cast are all excellent, with of course a lot of role swapping. Grant O’Rourke’s policeman was especially strong, as were Nicola Roy’s various guises, and Steven McNicoll is particularly strong as the bearded Nouadays.

Crawford Logan as Scrooge anchors the production well, and his transformation from being a bitter, mean old man into a caring and appreciative spirit is well measured.

All in all, a hugely enjoyable, very local feeling story, perfect for this time of year. This is slick, enjoyable festive family fun to put a smile on your face.

4 stars ★★★★ Tickets & Details

Performances

28 November 2019 - Saturday 4 January 2020

Running time: 2 hours, including one 20 minute interval

PREVIEW
Thursday 28 November 2019, 7pm
£10 Preview tickets on sale Monday 28 October 2019.

EVENINGS, 7pm

  • Gold dates
    December: Sat 14, Fri 20, Sat 21, Mon 23, Thu 26, Fri 27, Sat 28, Mon 30
  • Silver dates
    November: Fri 29, Sat 30
    December: Thu 5, Fri 6, Sat 7, Wed 11, Thu 12, Fri 13, Wed 18, Thu 19,
    January: Fri 3, Sat 4

EVENINGS, 6pm

  • Gold dates
    December: Sun 15, Sun 22, Sun 29
  • Silver dates
    December: Sun 8

MATINEES, 2pm

  • Gold dates
    December: Sat 7, Sat 14, Fri 20, Sat 21, Mon 23, Tue 24, Thu 26, Fri 27, Sat 28, Mon 30, Tue 31
    January: Thu 2
  • Silver dates
    November: Sat 30
    January: Fri 3, Sat 4

MATINEES, 1pm

  • Gold dates
    December: Sun 8, Sun 15, Sun 22, Sun 29

PRICES

Grand Circle & Stalls
Adults: Gold dates £32, Silver dates £28
Children: Gold dates £20, Silver dates £18

Upper Circle / Side View Stalls & Grand Circle
Adults: Gold dates £22, Silver dates £20
Children: Gold dates £12, Silver dates £10

Grand Circle Boxes
All Grand Circle boxes contain 4 seats
Gold dates £100 / Silver dates £90

Festive Four Tickets
Buy four tickets which must include at least one guest under 18 and save!
Gold dates £90 / Silver dates £80
Please note: this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or concessions

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Cast & Credits

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

£10-£32
8

Rating

8.0/10

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  • Great Family Show
  • Edinburgh Story & Scenes
  • Classic Tale at the core

About David Petherick

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