The plot of Charles Dickens’s seasonal classic “A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas” (to give it its full title) is well known.
Its protagonist, Ebeneezer Scrooge, is an iconic figure of literature whose surname has become a byword for cold-hearted miserliness. Countless screen adaptations and re-imaginings of the novella--most notably “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and the more literal 1951 adaptation starring Alistair Sim--have given new generations a chance to become familiar with the story.
Berlin Grundtheater’s production is spearheaded by Tony Kingston, who will direct a multinational cast in a punchy adaptation by his wife June Lowry. “I love Dickens and have always wanted to tackle him,” says the director.
Kingston and musical director Carl Springer spent a lot of time exploring new ways of creating atmosphere and soundscapes without resorting to amplified sound. So on top of the ensemble singing of carols such as ‘God Rest You Merry Gentlemen’ and some original new music by Springer and Lowry, effects throughout the play will be performed live by the cast. “Dickens loved theatre, and famously did readings in the later part of his life,” he explains. “We are trying retain the style of the original; the story as an ode to Christmas.”
The show opens at neimënster from 1 to 3 December and then at the Mierscher Kulturhaus from 8 to 10 December. Performances are at 8 p.m. with matinees also at 3 p.m. on the Saturday in each venue.