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David Bintley – Sally Beamish

A Christmas Carol

Duration
2 h 15 min, Incl. 1 interval (30 min)
When
30.11.2024 – 30.12.2024
Where
Main Stage
Genre
Ballet
Price range
21–126 €
Age recommendation
7+

The Christmas tale of Past, Present and Future

The miserly and cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge cares little for Christmas or his fellow beings. During the night, the spirits of Christmas take him on a journey through the past, present, and future. Will Scrooge come to understand the true meaning of Christmas?

Charles Dickens’ Christmas tale of kindness and justice has captivated theatre audiences for over 180 years. In the autumn season of 2023, A Christmas Carol was experienced for the first time as a ballet, thanks to the British choreographer David Bintley.

The story unfolds in 19th-century London, during the industrialisation of the Victorian age. This heartwarming ballet received enthusiastic acclaim from audiences and critics alike, with all performances selling out fast. Secure your seat in the audience for this Christmas.

In the context of the ballet, A Christmas Carol is a fresh, even bold take on the importance of belonging.

– Helsingin sanomat

Trailer

Synopsis

It’s the morning of Christmas Eve and Londoners are making preparations for the festive season. The miserly, cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, however, doesn’t like the jolly bustling around him, and nor does he like Christmas. He shoos away the carol singers, and he refuses to join his nephew Fred’s family for Christmas. Scrooge’s ill treated clerk Bob Cratchit looks forward to celebrating Christmas.

The ghost of Scrooge’s deceased partner, the equally miserly Jacob Marley, wants to warn him about his terrible fate – he must carry around heavy shackles for eternity. That night Scrooge gets to meet three ghosts.

The Ghost of Christmas past takes Scrooge to his childhood, where the little boy dreams of literary heroes but must bend to the demands of his strict headmaster. The young Scrooge and Marley are appointed as trainees in Fezziwig’s shop and at the Christmas party Scrooge proposes to his first love, Belle. The men are successful in their career and take over the shop, but Belle notices Scrooge cares more for money than for love and leaves him.

The Ghost of Christmas Present leads Scrooge to see Christmas at the Cratchit household. Their little boy, Tiny Tim, is seriously ill, and Scrooge asks if Tim will live. Fred is enjoying a family Christmas full of happiness, and Scrooge is reminded of what might have been. In a darker part of London Scrooge sees two orphans, named as ‘Want’ and ‘Ignorance’.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows how thieves ransack Scrooge’s home. The Cratchit family gathers around Tiny Tim’s small coffin to grieve for their lost son. At the cemetery Scrooge is also made to visit his own grave.

As Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning, he realises that it’s not too late to join in the celebrations. The repentant Scrooge vows to amend his ways and to keep Christmas in his heart all year long.

Full synopsis and other background information can be found in the programme leaflet.

Creative team

Choreography
David Bintley
Music
Sally Beamish
Conductor
Aku Sorensen
Sets
Anna Fleischle
Costumes
Anna Fleischle
Lighting Design
Mark Henderson
Projection Design
Anna Fleischle

Cast

Cast will be published later.

Listen to Christmas carols

The composer of the ballet, Sally Beamish, has compiled a playlist of the traditional Christmas carols from Dickens’ time, the tunes of which can also be heard in the ballet. As a bonus, the list includes two of Beamish’s own Christmas carols.

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