REVIEW ROUND-UP: A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic

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Jack Thorne’s version of the classic festive story returns to the Old Vic Theatre with Stephen Tompkinson as Scrooge. Here’s what critics have made of it… 

The Stage★★★★ “Trust Thorne to make a success of it, adding ambiguity to the ending and furnishing the show with some properly tearjerking moments. Let’s hope it returns for many more Christmas futures.”

Culture Whisper: ★★★★★ “From the moment you enter the Old Vic for A Christmas Carol there’s enough festivity to blast away all the Bah Humbugs.”

The Times: ★★★ “This nippy, largely faithful adaptation is so sumptuously staged that I feel a bit Scrooge-like for liking it rather than loving it.”

Evening Standard: ★★★★ “Even if it could do with more notes of darkness, this is ultimately a moving and atmospheric Christmas Carol, especially when Tiny Tim appears.”

The Telegraph: ★★★★ “If Thorne over-plays the psychological at the expense of the phantasmagorical, slightly short-changing us with three pram-pushing, female, wisely advisory spirits – the rejuvenated look that finally sweeps over Scrooge is its own Christmas miracle.”

Time Out: ★★★★★ “Okay, this won’t be to everyone’s taste, and Warchus could have toned down the panto and upped the chilly spookiness without doing any real damage. But if the message of A Christmas Carol is ‘God bless us every one’ (movingly delivered the night I saw it by Leo Lake as Tiny Tim), then this is theatre in which inclusivity is centre-stage, and the perils of denying it are all around you.”

Broadway World: ★★★★ “A Christmas Carol again is as warm and uplifting as a hug from St Nicholas himself.”

The Upcoming: ★★★★★ “Thorne’s piece offers an enormously buoyant message of benevolence and goodwill, a much-needed shot of positive spirit and enlightenment in a turbulent world. Thoroughly entertaining, fun, ebullient, emotionally cathartic and uplifting, A Christmas Carol is a spectacular, joyful show.”

A Christmas Carol continues to play at the Old Vic Theatre until the 19 January.

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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