Scrooge comes to life for one night only

Campbeltown Courier - - LEISURE -

Scrooge, the epit­ome of miser­li­ness, has a long lex­i­co­graph­i­cal his­tory but for most it sums up a story of Christ­mas’s won­der. Camp­bel­town Pic­ture House’s spe­cial screen­ing of this stage ver­sion of A Christ­mas Carol is based on Charles Dick­ens’s own per­for­mance adap­ta­tion of the tale of miser Scrooge.


Most as­so­ciate Scrooge with the 19th-cen­tury au­thor whose novella A Christ­mas Carol was pub­lished in 1843. Although Dick­ens was one of the most pro­lific writ­ers ever and coined many words, Scrooge was not one of them. Ac­cord­ing to the Ox­ford English Dic­tionary, the word scrooge, mean­ing to crush, squeeze or crowd, first ap­peared in 1755, nearly 100 years be­fore Dick­ens made it syn­ony­mous with mean­ness. Ac­tor Si­mon Cal­low and di­rec­tor-de­signer Tom Cairns have cre­ated a one-man the­atri­cal ex­trav­a­ganza of fes­tive story-telling that is both heart-warm­ing and deeply mov­ing. The show is a Christ­mas must-see for eight to 88-year-olds. Dick­ens’s A Christ­mas Carol is one of the most beloved books in the English lan­guage. It has be­come a clas­sic Christ­mas tale for gen­er­a­tions of grown-ups and chil­dren alike. As the ghosts spirit Scrooge from the present to his past and fu­ture, Dick­ens takes us on a mag­i­cal jour­ney from the miser’s dank and creak­ing house to cosy hearths, and from snowy grave­yards to joy­ful fes­tiv­i­ties.


This trea­sured story of­fers a cel­e­bra­tion of good­ness, a plea for jus­tice and the prom­ise of re­demp­tion. Si­mon Cal­low, one of the na­tion’s best-loved ac­tors, re­turns to Dick­ens’s tale af­ter huge in­ter­na­tional suc­cess with The Mys­tery of Charles Dick­ens (West End and Broad­way), na­tional ac­claim for Dr Marigold and Mr Chops and guest star­ring as Dick­ens on Doc­tor Who. No­table re­cent act­ing work has in­cluded his per­for­mance as Count Fosco, the vil­lain of Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, both in film and on stage. Si­mon pub­lished his own bi­og­ra­phy of Dick­ens in early 2012. The per­for­mance, which runs in Lon­don at the Arts The­atre for five weeks from De­cem­ber 8, is pre­sented by Assem­bly and River­side Stu­dios. It is show­ing for one night only in Camp­bel­town, next Tues­day. Tick­ets from Camp­bel­town Pic­ture House.

Si­mon Cal­low as Scrooge.

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