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A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Mark Gatiss
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839040566, 96 pages, November 2021


It's Christmas Eve. As the cold, bleak night draws in, the penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted by the spirit of his former business partner, Jacob Marley.

Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn't too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate. But first he'll have to face three more eerie encounters...

Mark Gatiss' spine-tingling adaptation is faithful to the heart and spirit of Charles Dickens' much-loved festive ghost story – with an emphasis on the ghostly.


"Superb... spooky and darkly funny... puts a smile on your face."

- The Times

"Mark Gatiss gives us his own interpretation that demonstrates there are still new ways of looking at Dickens's 1843 novella... a slick, clever, uplifting production."

- British Theatre Guide

"Fabulous... irresistibly theatrical... Gatiss has pulled off a clever trick... a big, bold, inventive, yet remarkably faithful staging of Dickens's evergreen opus."

- Telegraph

"Gatiss's script is surprisingly faithful... remind[ing] us of the inherent theatricality in Dickens's storytelling... Gatiss also includes Dickens's dark comedy that is so often overlooked... a clever twist and a great surge in festive feeling."

- Guardian

"Transports us with its magical stream of verbal and visual narratives... Gatiss's adaptation keeps much of the original text of the well-known classic story yet brings it even more alive by blending in deft verbal brushstrokes of natural language fashioned with such a keen ear for story-telling that he never loses the sense of history."

- Whatsonstage