Arts Theatre

A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow

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Show & Venue Information

Age Restriction: Recommended 8+

This Christmas a West End stage will once again be transformed into Victorian London as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns to the Arts Theatre. It means that the venue will be the home of one of many seasonal productions in the capital this winter as it goes up against The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre, among others. But with Simon Callow returning to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge (a part he inhabited at the same venue during the 2011 and 2012 Christmas seasons) and once again re-teaming with his Being Shakespeare director Tom Cairns it is likely to be a stand-out production when it begins its run in December.

Simon Callow is a well known English actor who has taken on many acclaimed roles on the stage and screen. He was previously seen in the West End in  Shakespeare: The Man From Stratford at the Harold Pinter Theatre and The Mystery of Charles Dickens at Playhouse Theatre though his career has also included Being Shakespeare at Trafalgar Studios, The Woman In White at the Palace Theatre, Equus at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Waiting For Godot at the Haymarket Theatre. Meanwhile, his work has also included screen appearances and he is best known for Four Weddings And A Funeral, Shakespeare In Love and Doctor Who (portraying Charles Dickens in the latter).

The plot of A Christmas Carol is a famous one and focuses on the miserable and grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge, whose cruelness extends to forcing his employees to work on Christmas Day and uttering “Bah! Humbug” at the mere mention of Christmas. But on the night before the big day he is visited by three spirits, including his former business partner Jacob Marley and they show him his past, present and future – ultimately leadings to him changing his ways.

The novella on which the play is based was first published in 1843 and would be met with great success immediately. It can be credited with introducing many concepts relating to Christmas that remain in place to this day and is also credited for popularising the phrase “Merry Christmas”. Its legacy has been maintained by countless stage, television and film adaptations that have appeared in the years since its publication.


Location & Travel

Address: 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB - Get directions


Nearest Tube
Leicester Square

Tube Lines
Piccadilly, Northern

Directions to theatre
(2mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square up to Great Newport Street on your left, where you can see the theatre.


Buses: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139

Night Buses: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551


Charing Cross


Chinatown (3 mins)

Show & Venue Information

Arts Theatre

Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street

Performance Times

Tue 3.30pm and 7.30pm
Wed 3.30pm and 7.30pm
Thu 3.30pm and 7.30pm
Fri 3.30pm and 7.30pm
Sat 3.30pm and 7.30pm
Sun 3.30pm and 7.30pm

Booking From

Tuesday, 11th December 2018

Booking To

Saturday, 12th January 2019

Running Time

1 hour 30 min

Age Restrictions

Recommended 8+

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