A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Charles Dickens
Presented by Ray Henwood
at Circa Two, Wellington
From 7 Dec 2012 to 22 Dec 2012
Reviewed by: Maryanne Cathro; Laurie Atkinson; Lynn Freeman (Capital Times);
A delightful pre-Christmas treat
Highly-acclaimed actor Ray Henwood is delighted to present A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – the story that gave us Christmas traditions in which we still indulge today.
In this 200th year anniversary of Dickens' birth it is timely to re-visit this most loved story and the characters who have become synonymous with the good will and happiness of the human spirit – Bob Cratchet, Tiny Tim as well as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Not forgetting the penny pinching, unfeeling, sour and stingy Ebernezer Scrooge.
First published in 1843, A Christmas Carol met with instant success and critical acclaim. It still remains hugely popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, stage, opera, and other media multiple times.
Dickens was one of the first writers to read his own work in public and the first of his novels that he read was A Christmas Carol. In the intimate Circa Two, Ray says that his solo dramatised reading will provide the perfect ambience. No stranger to solo shows he has had previously had great pleasure in performing Playing Burton, Nogood Boyo, The Carer and All the World's A Stage, all of which received rave reviews. He received a Best Actor Chapman Tripp Award for Playing Burton.
The talented production team for A Christmas Carol includes Dramaturg Ross Jolly, Set Designer Phillip Markham and Lighting Designer Ulli Briese.
Audiences are invited to treat themselves to the true meaning of the Christmas spirit with the wonderful words of the immortal Charles Dickens.
A glorious journey of self redemption
SEASON: 7 – 22 December
$25 SPECIALS: Preview: Wed 5th 7.30pm & Sun 9th 4.30pm.
Tues & Wed 6pm, Thurs-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4.30pm
TICKETS: Adults $46 | Friends of Circa $33 | Groups 6+ $39, 20+ $36 | Seniors/Students $38 | Under 25s $25
BOOKINGS: CIRCA THEATRE, 1 Taranaki Street, Phone 801 7991 www.circa.co.nz
Pre-show dinner available at Encore – phone 801 7996
ROSS JOLLY: Dramaturg
Designer: PHILLIP MARKHAM
Lighting: ULLI BRIESE
Costumes: GILLIE COXHILL