Richard Donner did it. Robert Zemeckis did it.  The Muppets did a damn good job of it. Yet, the clever, clever people at Bristol Old Vic have again reinvented Dickens' classic, sprinkled it with local references, a touch of snow and songs that you'll be humming well into the new year to come up with the most beautiful piece of theatre – one that grabs at your insides offering up belly laughs, a touch of silliness, great big blubby tears and leaves you feeling all fuzzy inside and ready for the festive season.

Full Company of A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic

Image credit: Geraint Lewis

Felix Hayes’ Scrooge is both fierce and vulnerable, and watching his reaction to the ghosts of past, present and future is quite wonderful – you can almost feel his heart breaking as he is shown what has passed and what the future might bring.  

Ensemble and Felix Hayes as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic

Image credit: Geraint Lewis

The entire cast, full of familiar faces of productions past, dip in and out of roles to deliver the full ensemble of Dickens' classic characters that move from desolte sets of sombre sparseness into a finale that's a riot of colour.  And who doesn't love a classic that embraces a glitter ball and a bit of flossing?

If you get the chance, make sure you see this wonderful piece of theatre that manages to be both classic and contemporary, full of heart with just a sprinkle of glitter. You’ll be a better person for it.

A Christmas Carol is at Bristol Old Vic until 13 January.

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