A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow Tickets

Arts Theatre 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB
Performance Timings
Monday 15:30 19:30
Tuesday 15:30 19:30
Wednesday 15:30 19:30
Thursday 15:30 19:30
Friday 15:30 19:30
Saturday 15:30 19:30
Sunday 15:30 19:30
Show Info

Book A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow Tickets

This famous tale about ghouls, ghosts and - with your help - barrels of festive cheer. We join Marley over a sumptuous two course feast, and some potent potion to keep off the winter chill. Through parlour games, Christmas songs and a little spirited trickery, we must warm the heart of the bah-humbugging miser, everyone's favourite festive misanthrope, Scrooge.

Simon Callow returns in this much-lauded production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, playing at the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited season from 8 December. Based on Dickens’ own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director-designer Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive story-telling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving. A Christmas must see for 8-88 year olds!

Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL is one of the most beloved books in the English language. It has become a classic Christmas tale for generations of grown-ups and children alike.

As the ghosts spirit Scrooge from the present to his past and future, Dickens takes us on a magical journey from the miser’s dank and creaking house to cosy hearths, and from snowy graveyards to joyful festivities. This treasured story offers a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and the promise of redemption.

Simon Callow, one of the nation’s best loved actors, returns to Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL after huge international success with The Mystery of Charles Dickens (West End and Broadway), national acclaim for Dr Marigold & Mr Chops and guest starring as Dickens on Doctor Who (BBC). Notable recent acting work has included his performance as Count Fosco, the villain of Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White, both in film and on stage; as Pozzo in Beckett's Waiting for Godot opposite Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart and Ronald Pickup; and as the psychiatrist in Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Peter Shaffer's Equus.

Simon published his own biography of Dickens in early 2012. On screen, Simon is best known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and Amadeus.

‘Makes one bounce out of the theatre with heart aglow and eyes misted with tears.’ - Daily Telegraph

‘A spellbinding piece of theatre’ - Financial Times

‘A Dickens tour de force’ - Daily Mail

‘Warm-hearted. Enthralling. Reminds us what a true Christmas might be’ - Daily Express

‘Beautiful and Magical’ - Daily Telegraph

Important information

Running time
80 minutes (no interval)
Booking Until
Sat, 12 January 2019
Venue Info

Arts Theatre

6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB


Arts Theatre

Address: 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB
Capacity: 350

The Arts Theatre opened in April 1927 with the intention of being a performance space for unlicensed plays. As a members-only club these works could be performed whilst avoiding the theatre censorship imposed by the government. It became known as a venue for shows that were not thought to be commercially viable. The building itself is rather attractive, with a period façade containing arched windows that pre-date the actual theatre. The theatre itself was designed by P Morley Horder who managed to create an intimate theatre in the basement without allowing it to feel claustrophobic – the clever design enables the theatre to feel larger than it actually is.

Whilst a subscriber-only house, the Arts Theatre did manage to produce some excellent productions that went on to find a larger audience, the first being Young Woodley by John Van Druten which transferred to the Savoy Theatre in 1928 once the theatre censorship had been relaxed.

The 1942 takeover by Alec Clunes and John Hanau saw the theatre produce over a hundred plays in a decade and gave the theatre the nickname of ‘The National Pocket Theatre’. A 1951 fire brought this series of plays to an end, with the auditorium needing to be rebuilt.

Ronnie Barker began a 13 year association with the Arts Theatre in 1955, making his West End debut here in a production of Mourning Becomes Electra, directed by Sir Peter hall. Hall took control of the theatre from 1956 to 1959.

The Unicorn children’s theatre took over the lease of the building in 1967 and remained there until 1999, allowing straight plays to perform in the evenings whilst giving the touring children’s theatre company a permanent London home during the day. It was during this time that Tom Stoppard’s plays Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land enjoyed a four year run from 1967.

The new millennium saw new leaseholders steer the theatre in a new direction, and it is now considered an independent commercial theatre, giving productions the opportunity to perform for up to twelve weeks, whilst still hosting cabarets, showcases and stand-up comedians.


The auditorium has two levels – Stalls and Circle. It’s a very intimate space, so all patrons will feel close to the action. The Circle overhangs the Stalls from Row E.

The seating in the Circle is only lightly raked and does not offer as much legroom as those seats in the Stalls.

Facilities At Arts Theatre 

Seat plan: Arts Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Bar
Disabled toilets
Wheelchair accessible

Nearest tube: Leicester Square
Tube lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car park: Chinatown (3 mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (2mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square up to Great Newport Street on your left, where you can see the theatre.