Magical, musical and with all the joys of a timeless Christmas family story, West Yorkshire Playhouse, in association with Hull Truck Theatre, is set to raise spirits with a new and fresh adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as tickets go on sale for Christmas 2018.
The production, originally staged at Hull Truck Theatre, is directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Associate Director Amy Leach (Romeo & Juliet, Kes, The Night Before Christmas). Adapted by the West Yorkshire born, award-winning playwright Deborah McAndrew, the show will take audiences on a sumptuous, spine-tingling winter’s tale, with performances from Tuesday 20 November 2018 to Sunday 13 January 2019.
It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian Leeds, but the cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge hasn’t an ounce of festive cheer. As the cold night draws in, four ghostly spirits take Ebenezer on a magical journey through his past, his present and his future, hoping to show him the error of his ways. With Christmas spirit, fun, music and magic at its heart, this timeless Charles Dickens tale is brought to vivid life in the Playhouse’s Pop Up Theatre.
West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “Christmas at West Yorkshire Playhouse is always a truly magical time and this year will be no different. I saw the play in Hull last year and I loved the inventiveness and creativity Amy and her team brought to a story known and loved by so many. It is brilliant for us to have the opportunity to create the show here in Leeds in association with Hull Truck Theatre, and share it with our audiences in our exciting new Pop Up space. This show will be part of our nine month Ensemble Season and I’m looking forward to welcoming audiences into the Pop Up Theatre for a unique Christmas experience whilst the main Playhouse building undergoes its major transformation.”
Director Amy Leach said: “A Christmas Carol is one of my favourite festive tales – a cracking story that delivers spine-tingling chills, warms the heart and delivers Christmas joy to all. Debbie’s fresh, spooky and thrilling adaptation roots the story in the North and delivers all the thrills and delights one expects from this classic Christmas tale. I can’t wait to share this production, with its magical design and beautiful music, with audiences young and old at the Playhouse.”
A Christmas Carol will play in the Playhouse’s newly formed Pop Up Theatre on its existing Quarry Hill site. This innovative and unique space seating 350 people will give audiences a rare and inventive new way to enjoy a live show, with story-telling firmly at its heart. The new space is being created in a specially redesigned area of the existing theatre, meaning that as work continues to reinvigorate the building, audiences can still experience Christmas at the Playhouse.