I was lucky enough to see A Christmas Carol at Leeds Playhouse a few years ago, when it first premiered in the Pop-Up theatre. Amy Leach is one of my favourite directors, and the show is so full of mystique and magic.
This year, the Playhouse has tried to revamp the production in a COVID-secure way to provide much-needed festive cheer across the city. However, as the city of Leeds remains in Tier 3, the production is unable to go ahead.
Determined to allow audiences to experience festive theatre this year, A Christmas Carol will be available as a digital screening instead.
The Playhouse had already worked with Pilot Theatre to film the production, to enable them to share it for free with community groups such as care homes and hospitals. Now they’re opening up this opportunity for everyone, asking people to pay just £10 to enjoy the online performance.
It’s running from 21st – 23rd December, and really it’s worth a watch. What an amazing opportunity to see a magical retelling of A Christmas Carol.
“Our vivid retelling of one of the best-loved stories in English literature was inspired by the evocative beauty and intrinsic hope of the ghost lights that continued to burn bright while theatres across the land were forced to go dark when the pandemic hit,” said Director Amy Leach, Associate Director at Leeds Playhouse.
“Our aim now with Playhouse At Home is to share that same light and hope with people in their own homes, giving them the best seats in the house for a story infused with goodwill, festive spirit and optimism. What a way to kick off Christmas week!”
Tickets for the five digital performances are available now at leedsplayhouse.org.uk.
Photography credited to Anthony Robling