Belfry Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol
Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Michael Shamata
Charles Dickens’s holiday masterpiece “A Christmas Carol” is adapted for stage in this lively play at the Belfry Theatre. The play begins in the present time, with an introduction from the actor playing Jacob Marley. Then, the audience is transported to Victorian England in 1843, where we meet the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his hard-done-by employee Bob Cratchit.
Scrooge quickly establishes himself as an altogether unpleasant and unlikeable businessman. He pronounces that the poor should be in workhouses and prisons or should die to “decrease the surplus population”. He rebuffs his nephew’s invitation to Christmas dinner and declares Christmas itself a “humbug”.
That night, an incredulous Scrooge is haunted by the Spirit of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge is warned that he will be visited by a series of three ghosts. In turn, the Spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come arrive and take Scrooge on a journey through time. Scrooge revisits his childhood self and the loss of his first and only love. He learns of Bob Cratchit’s poverty and the poor health of his son, Tiny Tim. Finally, he perceives his own future demise: dying alone, unloved and without any positive legacy. More wealth than he could ever spend; never spent on anything worthwhile.
In the final scenes, Scrooge’s epiphany unleashes his generosity and a new gratitude for life’s blessings. He gives to the poor, he reconciles with his nephew, and he transforms the life of Bob Cratchit and his family.
“This is the best holiday show I know, for people of any age, creed, or colour. Its message of love is universal and one that we need now more than ever.” Toronto Star
Mainstage Single Ticket Prices:
Reserved Seating Performances
(You choose your seats in advance).
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm – $40
Saturdays at 4pm – $35
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8pm – $35
Wednesday Matinees at 1pm – $30
Sunday Matinees at 2pm – $30
Tuesdays at 8pm – $25