A Christmas Carol
From: Tuesday, 21st December 2010
To: Saturday, 8 January 2011
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Dicken's original story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. This story has been adapted many many ways but the true magic and the great mix of fright and delight comes only from returning to the original.
Nancy Groves - 23 December 2010
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol not only gave us the wonderful word ‘scrooge’ but also our ideal of a traditional Victorian Christmas. So what better holiday treat than Horla Theatre Company’s adaptation of the story at Trafalgar Studios?
Sadly, a show that impressed on its first outing in 2005 is now sporting a limp as noticeable as Tiny Tim's. Horla's production promises a darkly faithful take on Dickens and starts well, with Tracy Waller’s simple set creating an atmosphere of foreboding. “Selfish, self-contained, secretive, solitary,” chant the ensemble cast as the shadowy of Scrooge looms large.
What follows, however, falls disappointingly flat. Pacing is the main issue. Dickens loved creative padding but Joanna Volinska’s adaptation feels at least 40 minutes too long, with Alistair Green's drawn out staging puncturing all mystery and moral momentum. Attention to detail is a...
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