Mark Gatiss adapts A Christmas Carol

London theatre news: Sunday 9 February 2020

Christmas shows

A new adaptation of Dickens' classic, written by and starring Mark Gatiss will have a Christmas run at London's Alexandra Palace after premiering at Nottingham Playhouse.
A Christmas Carol at the Alexandra Palace

Image courtesy Alexandra Palace

Charles Dickens' ever-popular Christmas classic - A Christmas Carol - will get a reworking this coming festive season in a new adaptation by actor, author and producer Mark Gatiss.

The show is destined to premerie at Notingham Playhouse from 30 October to 14 November, before making its way down to London for a festive spell at Alexandra Palace from 27 November 2020 to 10 January 2021.

Mr Gatiss, who will also perform in the show as Jacob Marley, said ...

"A Christmas Carol has been absolutely my favourite story since I was, well, tiny.

It's an astonishingly powerful tale of life, love, loss and redemption and remains supremely relevant.

But at its heart it is a ghost story and that will be at the core of my new version.

A scary, thrilling, joyous adventure to get the blood piping on a freezing winter's night.

A Victorian phantasmagoria!"

Further casting is to be announced and you can buy tickets for both the Nottingham Playhouse run and the Alexandra Palace performances from 17 February.

Scheduling note: owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, this show has been postponed to 2021.

The dates below reflect the new schedule.

Show listing information


Mark Gatiss (Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) leads an ensemble cast, in his own retelling of Dickens' classic winter ghost story, filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects.

Prepare to be frightened and delighted in equal measure as you enter the supernatural Victorian world of A Christmas Carol.

It's a cold Christmas Eve and mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley.

Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn't too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate, but first he'll have to face three more eerie encounters …



Mark Gatiss - Jacob Marley

(Further casting to be announced)


Author: Charles Dickens, adapted by Mark Gatiss
Director: Adam Penford
Production: Eleanor Lloyd Productions present a Nottingham Playhouse production


Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way
N22 7AY


From: Friday 26 November 2021

Closes: Sunday 9 January 2022


Standard: From £15

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