A Christmas Carol continues at the Bridge House Theatre, London.
Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩
This show is a slow burner. Four actors retell and act out the famous story of A Christmas Carol but starting with a rather badly sung (three full verses), flabby account of Good King Wenceslas does nothing to launch the story or advance the narrative. If the idea is to kick off with a literal Christmas carol then it falls flat.
Not until we get to Mr Fezziwig’s party does the show begin to take off with an appealing all-singing, all-dancing music hall-style number.
Part of the problem is that director Guy Retallack’s adaptation is, if anything, too true to Dickens’ story. There are some very wordy, action-light scenes in which dramatic pace flags …
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