A Christmas Carol to return for 2019!

12 Dec 2018
  • A Christmas Carol breaks Box Office records at Bristol Old Vic
  • Standing room and box seats released for all performances
  • Early announcement of a return run for Christmas 2019 to meet unprecedented demand

Bristol Old Vic today announced the return of its sell-out production A Christmas Carol for 2019. Told in true Bristolian style, this year’s production of A Christmas Carol, directed by Lee Lyford (The Snow Queen), adapted by Tom Morris (Swallows & Amazons, The Grinning Man) with music by Gwyneth Herbert (The Snow Queen), has been enchanting audiences of every age.

Alongside becoming the theatre's fastest-selling Christmas show, the production’s combination of innovative, playful staging and real heart, alongside a poignant message about the times we live in, has received a rapturous response from audiences and critics alike, being called “quite fantastical” by The Times, with “theatrical magic in all the right places” (Bristol 24/7) and given the full ‘five stars’ by Bristol Post (“heart-warming, magical”), 365 Bristol (“perfect for all ages”) and Reviewsgate (“an absolute corker”).

Standing room tickets have now been released for the rest of December and tickets for new year performances are quickly being snapped up as the perfect antidote to the January blues.

If you haven’t been lucky enough to grab a ticket this year, the 2019 returning production will go on sale to Priority Bookers from this Thu 13 Dec (Artists' Circle) and Fri 14 Dec (Friends & Best Friends), with tickets on sale to the general public from Fri 21 Dec.

Bristol Old Vic’s Executive Producer, Chloe Naldrett Elwood said: “We have been simply overwhelmed by the response to Lee Lyford’s beautiful staging of A Christmas Carol and are thrilled to be able to make this early announcement that the show will return to Bristol next year. Dickens' classic story about the thawing of a frozen heart has proved to be the perfect end to our Year of Change and we hope that by bringing the show back next year we will be able to share this magical production with even more people from the city and region.”

Tom Morris, Bristol Old Vic’s Artistic Director and adaptor of A Christmas Carol said: “It is wonderful to see our invitation of welcome into the newly reopened building being taken up in such numbers with people eager to experience all the theatre now has to offer. This announcement, alongside the announcement of our full 2019 programme, coming in January, aims to build on that invitation and welcome. So thank you, Bristol. In a simple and true way, thank you for coming!”

A Christmas Carol is currently running at Bristol Old Vic until 13 Jan. Best available seats from Jan 2019, or contact Box Office for last-minute availability.
A Christmas Carol returns to Bristol Old Vic from 28 Nov 2019 to 12 Jan 2020. 

Bristol Old Vic is the longest continuously running theatre in the UK, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2016. The historic playhouse aims to inspire audiences with its own original productions, both at home and on tour, whilst nurturing the next generation of artists, whether that be through their 350-strong Young Company, their many outreach and education projects or their trailblazing artist development programme, Bristol Ferment.

They use their funding to support experiment and innovation, to allow access to their programme for people who would not otherwise encounter it, or be able to afford it, and to keep their extraordinary heritage alive and animated.

On 24 Sep 2018, Bristol Old Vic completed its 2-year multi-million pound redevelopment project, which transformed its front of house space into a warm and welcoming public building for all of Bristol to enjoy, created a new studio theatre and opened up its unique theatrical heritage to the public for the first time.

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