Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol - Middle Temple Hall, London ✭✭✭✭✭

A Christmas Carol
Tony Bell as Ebenezer Scrooge
Middle Temple Hall, London

Review by Emma Curry

Last night we headed to the spectacular Middle Temple Hall in the heart of London’s legal district for Antic Disposition’s musical production of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. The company have transformed Dickens’s much-loved story into a fantastic stage show, taking the melodies of well-known Christmas carols as their musical score whilst subtly altering the lyrics to tell the story of literature’s most famous miser.

Haydn Oakley (r) as Bob Cratchit
The Hall itself is a spectacular venue: built in 1562, it provided a perfect spooky setting for Ebenezer Scrooge’s night of haunting. Tony Bell was absolutely fantastic in the title role, making his cruel persona at the beginning of the tale just as enjoyable to watch as his final jolly state, whilst believably conveying Scrooge’s emotional transformation. Haydn Oakley was wonderfully jovial and gentle as his clerk Bob Cratchit; whilst Elliot Fitzpatrick was excellent in several roles, but most particularly as the younger version of Scrooge, on the verge of corruption through his growing obsession with money. Special mention to Ewan Guthrie as well as Tiny Tim: his Christmas carol was sung beautifully and he’ll definitely be a talent to watch in the future.

All in all this is a fantastic and festive production, wonderfully capturing the spirit of Dickens’s moral tale in a spectacular setting. Head along to enjoy the mulled wine, the mince pies and a night of perfect Christmas entertainment.

A festive five stars! ✭✭✭✭✭

Listings Info

A Christmas Carol

Middle Temple Hall
Middle Temple Lane
Box Office: 0844 8700 887

Saturday 22 December - Sunday 30 December
at 3.00pm & 7.30pm

No performances December 25 and 26
Tickets: £25 (Under 18s £15)
Premium Tickets: £35 (Under 18s £25)
Early Bird Tickets: £15