(Walker Theatre, Shrewsbury, Nov 12)

Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, European Arts Company return with their authentic and refreshing adaptation of this timeless tale.

Tom Paris’s design welcomes audiences into Dickens’s intimate study, a warm inviting environment full of festive cheer and hidden surprises. The set is based on Dickens’s own London rooms and takes inspiration from a rich tradition of Victorian illusion, imagination and early theatrical trickery.

Few people know that Charles Dickens originally wanted to be an actor and A Christmas Carol was the first public performance he gave of his own work.

Dickens enacted the work 150 times and the effect on the public was phenomenal; he had a magnetic stage presence, riveting eyes, expressive voice and wonderful powers of characterisation.

This exciting production, adapted from Dickens’s own public reading scripts and eyewitness accounts of him on stage, recreates the spirit of Dickens's original performances.

n Tickets cost £15.50 or £10.50 for schools with showings at 2pm and 8pm. Call 01743 281 281 for more details.