Is there anything more Christmassy than Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? No matter which way you approach this classic tale, the story is so simple and well built that it keeps attracting readers and spectators of every age, immediately introducing them into the festive spirit. Furthermore, if the timeless Victorian book is reinvented by as brilliant and versatile a cast as Let Them Call It Mischief, it is certainly worth watching again and again.
Directed by Danny Wainwright, this new theatrical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, currently on stage at the Pleasance Islington, is hilarious and exhilarating. Props move fast during the show and actors change characters even faster, with no repercussion for the realism of the plot. A cast of seven take on over forty characters, involving the audience with plenty of jokes, funny costumes, songs, dances and modern day references.
Theatre and metatheatre are perfectly entwined in the show: the actors easily play their roles, make fun of their own characters and successfully mix up genres of literature, music hall and cabaret. As a result, spectators and cast find themselves laughing together about the illusion of theatre.
Occasionally during some passages of the show the comic atmosphere can prevent the audience from seeing the deeper meaning of the Dickens story, but this adaptation is so cleverly humourous that you simply enjoy the show and find yourself surprised at the new versions of familiar characters and locations.
This new adaptation of A Christmas Carol is the perfect way to get into the Christmas mood, for families and anyone else. Audiences will learn once again with the protagonist Ebenezer Scrooge his life lesson about compassion: what we are and what we will be for others in the future ultimately depends on the small and apparently meaningless actions we choose to make every single day.
A Christmas Carol is at the Pleasance Islington until 4th January
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