Renowned Dickensian Callow will barely have time to draw breath before the run starts; he’s continuing to perform his other one-man Dickens show The Mystery Of Charles Dickens at the Playhouse Theatre until 10 November.
After sell-out success there last Christmas, Callow’s A Christmas Carol will play at the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited run ending on 6 January. His intelligent, virtuosic performance breathes fresh air into the story and brings its characters to life movingly and with comic pizzazz.
A Christmas Carol has been an essential feature of Christmas for decades. The redemptive tale of miserly old businessman Ebeneezer Scrooge has been made into countless films and television programmes, featuring talents as diverse as Alistair Sim, Bill Murray and Tommy Steele.
In fact, Callow won’t be the only Ebeneezer in the West End this season. Steele is starring this year at the London Palladium in another, very different adaptation of the Yuletide yarn, Leslie Bricusses’s musical Scrooge.