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An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol
adapted and directed by Tony Cownie
from the novel by Charles Dickens

“Humbug! You think I have nothing better to do with my money than squander it on that manky halfwit dog!”

Edinburgh folklore tells us that when Charles Dickens was visiting the city on a reading tour, a stroll through a kirkyard brought him to the tombstone of one Ebenezer Scroggie, inspiration struck and A Christmas Carol was born. Writer and director Tony Cownie (The Venetian Twins, The Belle’s Stratagem) brings this famous festive story back to the city of its birth with a guest appearance from Edinburgh’s bestloved Victorian – Greyfriars Bobby!

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol is a Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production.

Running time: 2 hours, including one 20 minute interval

Cast and Credits

CAST in alphabetical order

Saskia Ashdown Mrs Thomson/ Bobby/ Fan
Ewan Donald Rab Crachit/ Rev Rednose/ Headmaster/ Auld Jock
Edie Edmundson (puppeteer) Tiny Tim/ Bobby
Belle Jones Mrs Cratchit/ Mrs Fezziwig/ Lottie Longbones
Crawford Logan Ebenezer Scrooge
Steven McNicoll Fezziwig/ Old Fergus/ Nouadays/ Collector
Taqi Nazeer Fred/ Ayont
Grant O'Rourke Charlie/ Jacob Marley/ Young Marley/ Policeman/ Businessman 2
Brian James O'Sullivan Young Ebeneezer Scrooge/ Dog catcher/ Firewood Man/ Businessman 1
Nicola Roy Mrs Busybody/ Mrs Bigchin/ Belle/ Rose
Eva Traynor Emma/ Mary Crachit/ Lang Syne


Director/Adaptor Tony Cownie
Designer Neil Murray
Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr
Sound Designer Pippa Murphy
Associate Director Becky Hope-Palmer
Movement Director Kally Lloyd-Jones
Puppet Director Edie Edmundson
Choir Mistress Louise Martin
Puppet Maker Simon Auton


Team Angels Katie Logie, Bea Ferguson, Charlotte Laidig, Wendy Mathieson, Jacky Scott, Jacqueline Smith, Alistair Stott, Eliza Wilson;  Team Candy Cane Sheila Purvis, Sarah Channin, Janey Grant, Laura Hollington, Susan Joslin, Helen Reid, James Stewart, Neil Stuart, Angela Taylor;  Team Eggnog Hannah Peace, Oliver Cookson, Sally Crighton, Pauline Flannery, Fiona Liddle, Christopher Pearson, Chloe Robertson, Janette Thomson;  Team Rudolph Carla-Marie Metcalfe, John Cant, Katy Galloway, Alison Judd, Gill McDonald, Doreen McGillivary, Charlotte Nicholson, Barbara Webster;  Team Santa Angie Jones, Moira Berry, Alison Finlay, Gina Martin, Judith Moss, Rachel Palmer, Carolyn Thorburn, David Williams;  Team Sleigh Susan Leask, Gillian Bruce, Lori Flannigan, Torya Hughes, Jackie Keay, Steve Logan, Suzie May, Malcolm Milne;  Team Snowman Lee McHugh, Norma Aldred, Sonia Bellinsegna, Christina Cheong, Jules Goodlet-Rowley, Alec Hope, Darren Hope, Sarah Howley, Rosie Orr;  Team Tinsel Malcolm McLaren, Deborah Bassett, Lorna Hoy, Leah Kincer, J.H Louise Rhodes, Sorley Stollard, Sheila Stuart, Fiona Young.


The Audience Reviews

Hear what our audiences have thought of An Edinburgh Christmas Carol, it's just the ticket this festive season

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

Director and writer Tony Cownie tells us all about why he's set Dickens infamous victorian tale back in Edinburgh, and there's a fact that might suprise you!

Dates, Times & Prices

28 November 2019 - Saturday 4 January 2020

Running time: 2 hours, including one 20 minute interval

Thursday 28 November 2019, 7pm
£10 Preview tickets on sale Monday 28 October 2019.


  • Gold dates
    December: Sat 14, Fri 20, Sat 21, Mon 23, Thu 26, Fri 27, Sat 28, Mon 30
  • Silver dates
    November: Fri 29, Sat 30
    December: Thu 5, Fri 6, Sat 7, Wed 11, Thu 12, Fri 13, Wed 18, Thu 19, 
    January: Fri 3, Sat 4


  • Gold dates
    December: Sun 15, Sun 22, Sun 29
  • Silver dates
    December: Sun 8


  • Gold dates
    December: Sat 7, Sat 14, Fri 20, Sat 21, Mon 23, Tue 24, Thu 26, Fri 27, Sat 28, Mon 30, Tue 31
    January: Thu 2
  • Silver dates
    November: Sat 30
    January: Fri 3, Sat 4


  • Gold dates
    December: Sun 8, Sun 15, Sun 22, Sun 29


Grand Circle & Stalls
Adults: Gold dates £32, Silver dates £28
Children: Gold dates £20, Silver dates £18

Upper Circle / Side View Stalls & Grand Circle
Adults: Gold dates £22, Silver dates £20
Children: Gold dates £12, Silver dates £10

Grand Circle Boxes
All Grand Circle boxes contain 4 seats
Gold dates £100 / Silver dates £90

Festive Four Tickets
Buy four tickets which must include at least one guest under 18 and save!
Gold dates £90 / Silver dates £80
Please note: this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or concessions



  • Friday 13 December - 7pm
    Touch Tour - 5.45pm
  • Saturday 14 December - 2pm
    Touch Tour 12.45pm


  • Wednesday 18 December - 7pm
    Louise Holden and Anna Spence.  


  • Saturday 7 December - 2pm


  • Friday 3 January - 2pm

What is a Relaxed performance?
Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but the environment has been specifically adapted for families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

How is the show adapted?
There is a relaxed attitude to noise from the audience, the lights in the auditorium remain on low throughout the show, sudden loud noises and effects in the production are softened and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the auditorium at any point.  We also have additional staff on hand to assist with seating and access around the Theatre, wheelchair capacity is increased  and there will be a Chill Out Room, where a space is made available for audience members who need a bit of quiet time before and during the performance.

The relaxed performance is open to everyone but patrons with a learning or physical disability, autistic spectrum condition or sensory or communication disorder are especially welcome 

We have created a Visual Story Pack to introduce you to the performance before you come to the show, this can be downloaded below and gives you more information about what to expect during your theatre trip and during the show

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Press Coverage

“You'll be hard pressed to have more fun at the theatre this side of Christmas.”
British Theatre Guide

“We flocked out into the frosty air and the real Edinburgh, my nine-year-old son declaring:  “It was brilliant.”
Primary Times

“an extraordinary show"
UK Theatre Network

“If you don’t enjoy this show, I say to you Bah! Humbug!”
Broadway Baby

★★★★ ½
“Even a dedicated Scrooge like me emerges from this production with a warm glow inside”
Bouquets & Brickbats

★★★★ ½
“A fresh delivery of a classic tale this Christmas”
The Fountain

“hugely entertaining”
The Scotsman

“infused with a warmth”
The Herald

“Cownie’s achievement lies in capturing the original’s mix of warmth and melancholy while weaving in a gallows humour and local referencing that brings it into line with the Scottish pantomime tradition.”
The Times

"there is a warm glow to it that you'd have to be a proper Ebenezer to resist”
Whats On Stage

“if you can prize yourself away from the yuletide festivities… you’re sure to be entertained.”
Reviews Sphere

“This really is a show to bring you into the Christmas spirit”

“This Christmas production is simply ticking all the right boxes”
Southside Advertiser


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