This Christmas, London’s getting a Dickensian experience with a twist.
Not of the Oliver variety, that is – but of the fully-immersive, Christmas feast-bearing, rollickingly festive spectacular kind.
The creative team behind it have also worked on The Great Gatsby, and they’re bringing their critically acclaimed, convivial take on A Christmas Carol back to London for the ninth year running. They’ve put in more hours than Bob Cratchit over the past few Christmases to hone it into a barnstorming blinder of a show, the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before. Unless you’ve seen it before.
But if you haven’t, here’s what you can expect:
Plunging you right into the heart of proceedings, you’ll be enlisted by your ghostly MC, Jacob Marley, in his quest to stop Scrooge being such a – well, Scrooge. He’s hoping to achieve this through the medium of raucous parlour games, cockle-warming Christmas singalongs, and a general abundance of festive cheer (which, happily, all takes place while you’re seated). Interspersed with inventive effects and captivating scenes between Marley and Scrooge, you can expect impromptu renditions of Slade on the guitar, eccentric moments of improv, and an entirely manageable amount of audience participation. The best part of which occurs in the form of –
Cooked up by Gingerline food-makers Flavourology, the mid-show feast comprises a sumptuous Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, including roast veg, savoury mince pies, and sage and squash pies for the veggies. All seated at one long table, with party games, crackers, and some very entertaining improv from Scrooge and Marley, it’s genuinely heartwarming as you see a group of strangers sit down and get to know each other (all of whom were hugging and wishing each other a Merry Christmas at the end of the night we visited). Best of all, there’s a sticky figgy pudding with Christmas pudding ice cream for dessert.
Just be careful how you go about asking for more…
NOTE: A Christmas Carol runs in Bond Street until 31st December. Tickets cost £64.50 and can be booked right HERE.
A Christmas Carol | Scrooge’s Parlour, 19 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 5LE
Image credits: Mat Johns
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