A Christmas Carol (4 stars)

A Christmas Carol

Dundee Rep have really pulled out all the stops for this year’s festive show. What’s particularly gratifying about James Brining’s production is that it succeeds in remaining faithful to the spirit and outline of Dickens’ iconic cautionary tale while bringing a humour and style to the tale that’s all its own.

Much of the pleasure of this production is derived from Neil Duffield’s witty, lyrical adaptation, which moves the action along apace, while Neil Warmington and Phyllis Byrne’s evocative set and costume designs and the lighting effects by Philip Gladwell add an eerie, uncanny atmosphere to the piece. The action is also superbly complemented by Jon Beales’ expressive but unobtrusive musical arrangements.

John Buick is on brilliantly grouchy form as the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge, and the small acting ensemble as a whole works wonders, each member moving effortlessly from one role to the next, before absorbing themselves seamlessly back into the crowd as the familiar story moves from past to present and future before its uplifting, redemptive finale.

Dundee Rep, until Sat 2 Jan

A Christmas Carol

Dickens' festive fable, adapted for stage by Neil Duffield. Dundee Rep’s ensemble bring the colourful cast of characters to life, including Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Mrs Fezziwig, Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge.

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