A Christmas Carol Tickets

Old Vic Theatre Waterloo Road, London|London|SE1 8NB
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£65 / £55 tickets reduced to £25.00

Valid on all performances from 7 January 2019.

Book by 19 Jan 2019.

Important Info
Child Policy  

Age suitability: 8 and older. Contains haunting supernatural themes, mature emotion, and some content which younger audiences may find upsetting.
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:00
Tuesday - 19:00
Wednesday - 19:00
Thursday - 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday 14:30 19:30
Show Info

Book A Christmas Carol Tickets

Following its successful appearance during the Christmas 2017 season, the timeless classic A Christmas Carol is set to enjoy another run at the Old Vic Theatre at the end of 2018.

A Christmas Carol is a story known all around the world, with characters, phrases and situations that have become hallmarks of popular culture ever since it was first penned back in the 1840s. It is one of Charles Dickens’ most famous stories and has fans all over the globe.

And with that in mind each new production of the popular tale has brought with it some of the most famous names of the stage and screen. Last year it was Rhys Ifans in this production at the Old Vic and the year before that it was Simon Callow in a production at the Arts Theatre

Even before that the big names were taking on the iconic roles, with Jim Broadbent at the Noel Coward Theatre and Gareth Hale, also at the Arts Theatre.

So expect another top name to take up the mantle of Scrooge when the show returns to the Old Vic in 2018. Working under the direction of Matthew Warchus and from a script by Jack Thorne (newly adapted from Dickens’ original), they will have all of the necessary tools to make this another unforgettable portrayal of the iconic Ebenezer Scrooge.

Scrooge, of course, is the old curmudgeon at the centre of Dickens’ tale. Bitter and twisted, taking glee at the suffering of his employees, whom he forces to work on the impending Christmas, and uttering Bah Humbug! at the mere mention of the season celebration, Scrooge’s antics have come to define an entire character-type. But on The Night Before Christmas he is visited by a series of ghosts, who show him the errors of his ways by forcing him to confront his past, present and future.

Ultimately this is a positive and feel-good story that has stood the test of time and this time comes to the Old Vic Theatre with audiences eager to witness it first-hand.

Child Policy  

Age suitability: 8 and older. Contains haunting supernatural themes, mature emotion, and some content which younger audiences may find upsetting.

Important information

Running time
2 hours and 5 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
Booking Until
Fri, 18 January 2019

A Christmas Carol Cast


Stephen Tompkinson
Ebenezer Scrooge

Rosanna Bates

Ava Brennan
Mrs Cratchit

Jamie Cameron
Young Ebenezer/George

Peter Caulfield
Bob Cratchit

Oliver Evans

Nicola Hughes
Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs Fezziwig

Eugene McCoy

Myra McFadyen
Ghost of Christmas Past

Frances McNamee

Alastair Parker

Michael Rouse

Tim van Eyken

Witney White
Little Fan

Tiny Tim

Leo Lake
Lara Mehmet
Luka Petrovic
Lenny Rush

Creative Team 

Adapted by
Jack Thorne

Matthew Warchus

Set and Costume
Rob Howell

Composer and Arranger
Christopher Nightingale

Hugh Vanstone

Simon Baker

Jessica Ronane CDG

Lizzi Gee

Musical Director
Will Stuart

Voice Coach
Charlie Hughes-D'Aeth

Associate Director
Jamie Manton

Associate Set
Ben Davies & Megan Rouse

Associate Costume
Irene Bohan

Associate Lighting
Sam Waddington

Associate Sound
Jay Jones


Justin Pearson

Martin Robertson
Whistle, Clarinet, & Bass Clarinet

Clare Taylor

A Christmas Carol Critics & Reviews

‘Matthew Warchus’ production is a love song to Christmas, to the redeeming power of theatre and, not least, to The Old Vic itself’
 The Observer

‘Jack Thorne’s superb retelling mines the ghosts of Scrooge’s past in a timely production brimming with love and affection’
 The Guardian

‘Matthew Warchus’s magnificent staging provides everything you might want from a theatrical adaptation of Dickens’s timeless (and never more timely) morality tale’ 
 The Independent

‘Dare I suggest it, it could even rival that obvious pinnacle of Dickens’ adaptations, The Muppet Christmas Carol’ - Radio Times ‘It’s a magical night. Enjoy.’
 The Times

Time Out

It’s hard to imagine a more pertinent Christmas tale, delivered with greater atmosphere, theatricality and emotional heft

It is, if possible, even finer and more heartfelt and gripping, tuneable and serious and moving than last year
Theatre Cat

Festive heart-warmer
Evening Standard

Not even Scrooge himself could dislike this
The Telegraph

Joyous and generous
The Stage

Warm and uplifting
Broadway World

It's magical
Time Out
Venue Info

Old Vic Theatre

Waterloo Road, London|London|SE1 8NB


Old Vic Theatre

Address: 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB
Capacity: 1067

The Old Vic, originally named the Royal Coburg Theatre, was designed in 1818 by Rudolph Cabanel, where it stands now south-east of Waterloo Station. Its name was later changed to the Royal Victoria Theatre before it was rebuilt and renamed the Royal Victoria Hall in 1880, however at that time it was already nicknamed the “Old Vic” and officially adopted in 1925. Following the Second World War it was restored after air raid damage and became a Grade II listed building.

Historically, in 1824 the Old Vic brought legendary actor Edmund Kean to perform six Shakespeare plays in six nights. In 1963 the Old Vic became the core of the National Theatre of Great Britain, during its formation under Laurence Olivier and continued to hold The National Theatre until the move to South Bank in 1976. The Old Vic has housed acclaimed performances with such celebrated actors as John Gielgud’s Hamlet and Richard II in 1929, Laurence Olivier’s Macbeth and Othello in 1937, Richard Burton’s Hamlet, Judi Dench’s Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, which was privately performed to The Queen in 1957 and Derek Jacobi’s Hamlet in 1977.

More recently in 2003 Kevin Spacey was appointed the first Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company, a company, which has seen admired performances such as Aladdin with Ian McKellen in 2004, John Osborne’s The Entertainer in 2007, in the same year staging All About My Mother starring Mark Gatiss and Lesley Manville. It has also housed The Bridge Project: The Cheery Orchard & the Winter’s Tale with Simon Russell Beale (2009), Other Desert Cities (2014), Much Ado About Nothing directed by Mark Rylance in 2013, Hedda Gabler starring Sheridan Smith in 2012, which receved four star reviews. and Keven Spacey’s Richard III in 2011. In 2016 The Old Vic stages the world premiere of a new musical, Groundhog Day starring Andy Kar, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.


The auditorium has three levels - Stalls, Dress Circle and the Lilian Baylis Circle.

Despite the Dress Circle overhanging over Stalls row T, this doesn’t affect the view due to pillars. There is also a staggered rake that will be noticeable from row J to allow better viewing.

The Lilian Baylis Circle is high above the ground and overhangs the Dress Circle at row C meaning row E will miss the top of the stage. It should be noted that the two rows that extend along the sides of the theatre are padded concrete benches with only a rail to lean on. There is also standing seats available at the sides of this circle.

Facilities At Old Vic Theatre 

Seat plan: Old Vic Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Disabled toilets
Infrared hearing loop
Wheelchair accessible

Access description: 
There is a ramp from street level into the foyer and the box office is on your right. Handrails are available on either side of the entrance. From the foyer there are seven steps into the Stalls (without handrails). There are 20+ steps to the Dress Circle and a further 20 steps to the Baylis Circle (with handrails). The theatre is open 1 hour before the performance.

Sound Amplification: Sennheiser infra-red system. A unit is required to be collected from the cloakroom for a £5 deposit (which will be refunded on return of the unit). 30+ units available, including in-ear types and loop units to be used with the T-setting/switch on hearing aids. Some seats are unsuitable for use with the units, please inform the box office at the time of booking if one is likely to be needed. Induction loop is available at the walk-up box office.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium. Alternatively, staff can dog-sit. Pleae inform Box Office at time of booking.

Disabled Access: There is a ramp from street level into the foyer. One wheelchair position in Stalls seat N5, a companion can sit in N6. In the case of a transfer, the wheelchair will be stored in the adapted toilet which is next to the access door and close to the wheelchair position. Please discuss any access needs with the box office at the time of booking.

Toilets: There are men’s and women’s off the Pit bar, and 21 steps up from the Lilian Baylis bar.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted WC on the left inside the side entrance

Nearest tube: Waterloo
Tube lines: Waterloo & City, Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee
Location: West End
Railway station: Waterloo
Bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 521, X68; (Mepham Street) 211, 243, 507
Night bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, N1, N68, N171; (Mepham Street) 243
Car park: Waterloo Station (4mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.


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