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Mark Gatiss’ adaption of A Christmas Carol postponed to 2021

Mark Gatiss new adaption of A Christmas Carol has postponed its planned productions to 2021.


The new version of the Charles Dickens classic was due to open at the Nottingham Playhouse in October before transferring to London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre.

Performances will now take place at Nottingham Playhouse from 29 October to 13 November 2021 and at the Alexandra Palace Theatre from 26 November 2021 to 9 January 2022.

Titled A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story, the new production will see Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) lead an ensemble cast, in his own retelling of Dickens’ classic winter ghost story, filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects.

Director Adam Penford said: “The audience response to this new ghostly retelling of A Christmas Carol has been overwhelming and it’s with a heavy heart that we’re postponing the production.

“The adaptation that Mark has delivered during lockdown exceeded our already high expectations – it makes you see the well-known tale through fresh eyes – and I was so excited by all the design and production ideas we were working on. I can’t wait to bring the new show to Nottingham and the atmospheric Alexandra Palace Theatre in 2021.”

Current bookings for performances at Alexandra Palace will be automatically rescheduled into the equivalent dates, and the same seats, for the 2021 run. Customers will be able to use their current tickets for performances next year. Alexandra Palace Box Office will be in touch with ticketholders in the coming weeks.

For further information, or to buy tickets for the 2021 season, please visit: https://christmascarolonstage.co.uk

Those who have booked tickets for the production at Nottingham Playhouse do not need to do anything; the box office team will contact them directly. As a registered charity, there will also be an option for customers to donate the value of their tickets to Nottingham Playhouse which will help the theatre to continue its work in the community and work towards reopening. Donations to the theatre during this difficult time may also be made through their Curtain Up Appeal.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.