Mr Charles Dickens Presents A Christmas Carol
Wednesday 21 (LIMITED AVAILABILITY), Thursday 22 & Friday 23 December (LIMITED AVAILABILITY) 2022
Doors 7.30pm Performance 8.00-10pm £36, members & concession (16 years & under) £32 (includes an interval glass of wine or soft drink), book in advance. 12+
European Arts Company returns to the Royal Pavilion with the much loved A Christmas Carol as told by the author himself! Actor John O’Connor (Before We Die, Channel 4) faithfully recreates Charles Dickens’s famous performance of his best-loved ghost story. Using Dickens’ own performance script, this is a wonderfully evocative evening and an acting tour de force. This Christmas, you can experience what it must have been like to have been in the audience! So, come and enjoy a seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future.
On the of 9th November 1861, Charles Dickens came to the Royal Pavilion to give a public reading of David Copperfield in the magnificent setting of the place’s Music Room. The Brighton Gazette reported that he sent ‘a charge of emotion through the whole audience.’ A Christmas Carol was the first public reading Dickens gave of his own work, he enacted it over 150 times and the effect on the public was phenomenal. ‘The success was most wonderful and prodigious – perfectly overwhelming and astounding altogether!’ he said after the first night.
“I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A Happy New Year to all the world!”
‘This almost feels immersive. John O’Connor’s performance is a delight. A festive treat.’ – The Stage ★★★★
‘O’Connor is mesmerising – and as haunting as the ghosts he conjures before our eyes. Beautiful, urgent, important and utterly brilliant.’ – Brighton & Hove Independent
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