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A Christmas Carol by Adelaide Rep at Arts Theatre

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A hilarious new version of the beloved Dickens' Christmas story.

The Adelaide Rep will be performing the South Australian premiere of Patrick Barlow's vigorous and entertaining new presentation of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. In London and New York, this show was acclaimed for the exciting new life it introduced into this classic tale. Directed by Megan Dansie, this will be the final show for the Adelaide Rep in 2019.

With a cast of five actors and two puppeteers - Laura Antoniazzi, Tony Busch, Matt Houston, Jacqui Maynard, Max Rayner, David Salter and Georgia Stockham, this show is bound to delight and entertain the whole family with lots of Christmas cheer and laughter. Each cast member will assume multiple roles and will engage with the audience, so everyone feels fully connected to the emotional journey of the characters.

Max Rayner, Jacqui Maynard, Georgia Stockham, David Salter, Matt Houston, Laura Antoniazzi, and Tony Busch as Scrooge. Photographer:


Barlow's play clearly shows a stronger emphasis on certain nuances not revealed by most adaptations. Through the intervention of three ghosts, Ebeneezer Scrooge experiences incredible highs and lows. Well known for being an embittered, selfish, greedy miser Scrooge undergoes an amazing change of character into a kind, considerate, and friendly old man. Even though he is depicted with moments of pathos and humour, Barlow never wavers from the foundation of the story and allows the actors to hook into its raw emotional power rather than present the mere pageantry shown in other adaptations.

This production provides a greater emphasis on intimacy as the audience is bound to feel fully connected with the character's emotional journey. Barlow's play provides some thought-provoking insights into the social forces that motivate Scrooge. Some of these insights still resonate today and reveal Dickens' artful and sly humour indicating how and why he is still recognised in pop culture, over a century after his death.

To appreciate a better understanding of the comedic style Director, Medic Dansie is looking to achieve please CLICK HERE
Chances are you will be pleasantly surprised by this production.



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Why? This South Australian premiere of Patrick Barlow's play has been highly acclaimed in London & New York for breathing new life into this classic tale.
When: .November 14 - 16 and 20 - 23 (matinee Saturday 23rd at 2pm) All evening performances commence at 8pm
Where: Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide. S.A.
Cost: ADULT $ 22, SENIOR, PENSION, STUDENT $17, GROUP 10 - $15, GROUP 20 - $12.Book tickets at adelaiderep.com
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