A Christmas Carol
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
>Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
Christmas comes but once a year, and in the hard, dark times of Dickens it filled but a single day. Though in Scrooge's case, it came with a long night of soul- searching.
As the season of traditional theatrical fare gets under way, this Christmas Carol by John Mortimer is more than a rerun of the old favourites – Scrooge's redemption, Ghosts and Tiny Tim's tragedy.
It brings the journey alive from page to stage – an opportunity grasped by the large cast with energy and conviction.
The temptation with a storyline so familiar is to parody. But all resisted, even Marley's Ghost in heavy chains.
The atmosphere was well conjured with the poverty, cold and misery of the opening funeral.
- 1 Two recycling centres to be closed - and replaced with new £4m tips
- 2 Murder inquiry as teenage woman dies after car crash in Norfolk village
- 3 Man in 50s dies after medical incident in field
- 4 Man in 30s dead, two arrested on suspicion of murder in Norfolk town
- 5 Tributes paid to 'lovely' teenager as police continue murder probe
- 6 Customers travelling across Norfolk to try pub's 'afternoon sea'
- 7 Road rage incident sees van driver run over by car
- 8 Cyclist's relief as driver is convicted following traumatic accident
- 9 Man found dead in sea off Great Yarmouth had made distress call
- 10 Police return to scene of fatal crash as murder probe continues
Young Scrooge (David Robb) and Belle (Camille Simms) impressed in the scene, conveying a relationship that could go nowhere.
Old Scrooge (David Wines) struck a balance between his skinflint self and his generous self and was ably assisted by young and old actors alike.
The Ghosts were originals, the carols and whole company narration were effective. Children and puppets were a pleasing touch from director Tim Seely.
While some of the staging was uncertain, as the run goes on this will be a surefire family success and truly heartwarming.