18/12/2019

A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic | Review

These tickets were kindly gifted to me by The Old Vic.

Show rating: ★★★★★
Accessibility rating: ★★★★★

Christmas is now in full swing and that means our theatres are filling up with festive shows, everything from pantomimes to How The Grinch Stole Christmas are on offer at the moment to kick start your Christmas fun! There's one timeless show that is sure to put a smile on your face though and that is the classic story, A Christmas Carol. Everyone performs it differently but The Old Vic's version, adapted by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) is truly a treat for the whole family, it is the epitome of Christmas magic. I saw the show for the first time at the very beginning of this year and my Mum and I left with the biggest smiles on our face so when the whispers of Christmas approaching begun there was one thing on my mind: it was A Christmas Carol time again. I have been eagerly awaiting my chance to see this wonderful production again and I enjoyed it even more the second time when I was kindly invited to their press night!

I was able to take along my girlfriend, Jemma, to see the show and it was such a treat to watch her experience the magic of the show for the first time. Of course my Mum and I will be heading back to see it together in between Christmas and New Year though, I feel it has become a tradition for us now!


The show remains the amazing immersive experience that it was last time, with people in costume greeting you with mince pies and satsumas to get you in the festive mood! It's such a lovely touch and there's nothing like seeing satsumas being thrown up to those sitting in the circle seats to brighten up a cold winter night. The set is still simple but memorising and it reveals it's complexity as time goes on, I have to say I applaud everyone in the show, both on stage and back stage, as the set demands that everyone be in very specific places at a given time and it's all done with such ease.

This years cast are just as incredible as the previous one I saw, with Paterson Joseph bringing Scrooge to life perfectly. I had the talented Lara Mehmet on as Tiny Tim for that performance and she gave Tiny Tim the perfect amount of cheekiness and her scenes with Paterson were so touching to watch. I once again must applaud everyone at The Old Vic for hiring young disabled actors and actresses to perform the role of Tiny Tim, to some it might seem like something small but it's so important that disabled roles are played by disabled actors. As was the case last time though, this is definitely a show that is a team effort, the energy on stage is just infectious and they'll have you wanting to join in with the carol singing, bell ringing and dancing!

Photos by Manuel Harlan

This truly is the most festive and joyful production that will melt the heart of the Scrooge in your family before the show has even begun! You've got until 18th January to catch this special piece of theatre, with best availability being in January. If you're someone who likes to hold on to Christmas for as long as possible I can really recommend a post Christmas trip to keep the spirit alive. I do love the idea of Christmas still happening, several weeks into January, in a small corner of London!


As for the access, we all know how much time I could spend singing the theatres praises! I'll keep things short and sweet here but if you want the full breakdown of how The Old Vic have improved their accessibility recently you can read all about it here. Wheelchair users and those requiring step free access can enter the theatre via the beautiful entrance on Waterloo Road. From here you can take the shiny new lift down to Penny, the bar and cafe, and you can find the new standard accessible toilet down there too. A short trip up takes you to the upper section of the foyer where you can collect tickets and access both sides of the stalls where there are 10 wheelchair spaces, 2 of which are situated next to each other. I was sat in R6 which was a fabulous unrestricted, close up view of the unconventionality shaped stage. You can now book access tickets for The Old Vic online now too by signing up to their free access membership, I've used it to book tickets a few times now and it is so much easier than ringing up so it's definitely worth taking the time to do that! As always the staff were incredibly helpful too making for another smooth and stress free visit.


There are audio described, captioned and relaxed performances of A Christmas Carol coming up in January so do get booking if you require such performances! I truly cannot recommend this production enough and now I just can't wait to go back again!

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