It’s barely two months after Christmas, and I’m already looking forward to the 2018 festive season. It might be known as the time for Pantomimes (oh not it’s not!) but this year I’m most looking forward to West Yorkshire Playhouse’s A Christmas Carol.
The adaption of the classic Charles Dickens book is created by award-winning playwright Deborah McAndrew and directed by the equally spectacular Amy Leach. I saw her production of Romeo and Juliet last year and it was spellbinding, so I expect this show to be absolutely magical. Plus, it’s being produced in association with Hull Truck Theatre so it’s going to be epic.
Set in Victorian Leeds, the show will follow good old Scrooge as he finally realises the true importance of goodwill and Christmas cheer.
The show will take place in the Playhouse’s Pop Up Theatre, giving an extra magical element of surprise to proceedings. It’ll seat 350 people, but this smaller and more intimate space puts story-telling right at the heart.
West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “Christmas at West Yorkshire Playhouse is always a truly magical time and this year will be no different. I saw the play in Hull last year and I loved the inventiveness and creativity Amy and her team brought to a story known and loved by so many. It is brilliant for us to have the opportunity to create the show here in Leeds in association with Hull Truck Theatre, and share it with our audiences in our exciting new Pop Up space. This show will be part of our nine month Ensemble Season and I’m looking forward to welcoming audiences into the Pop Up Theatre for a unique Christmas experience whilst the main Playhouse building undergoes its major transformation.”
This show’s going to be amazing, I can feel it in the air already! Get your tickets from the West Yorkshire Playhouse website (and, even though it’s ages away, give me a follow on Twitter so you can receive all my other Christmassy updates!)
Photography credited to Anthony Robling.