A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

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By Charles Dickens
Adapted for the stage by Neil Duffield
Directed by Andrew Panton

Treat yourself to a generous helping of traditional Christmas fayre with our classic tale, beautifully adapted for stage by Neil Duffield. This much loved story perfectly captures the magic of Christmas and positively sparkles on stage with an ensemble cast playing the many memorable characters -Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Mrs Fezziwig, Tiny Tim and, of course, the old humbug himself, Ebenezer Scrooge Esquire!

Scrooge is shown the cruel mistakes and misconceptions he has made during his life when the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visit him one cold and wintry night in December. He comes to his senses and realizes that there is more to life than being mean and miserable – and that a kind heart and generous spirit makes the world a happier place for everyone.

With Christmas carols, a wonderfully evocative set and the odd flurry of snow, this show will bring the joy of Christmas straight to the heart of Edinburgh.

Cast and Credits

The Cast of A Christmas Carol

Christopher Fairbank - Scrooge
John Kielty - Storyteller / Bob Crachit / Topper / Broker
Anthony Bowers - Storyteller / Fred / Ghost 1 / Broker
Lewis Howden - Storyteller / Marley / Mr Fezziwig / Ghost of Christmas Present / Old Joe
Scott Gilmour - Storyteller / Young Scrooge / Understudy
Pauline Knowles - Storyteller / Charity Lady / Mrs Fezziwig / Mrs Crachit / Charwoman/ Kathleen
Angela Hardie - Storyteller / Charity Lady / Belle / Martha Cratchit / Beth
Karen Fishwick - Storyteller / Servant / Understudy

Young Company

Tom Borley/ Archie Powell - Tiny Tim/ Child 3/ Tom
Jack Dickson/ Zak McCullough - Peter Cratchit/ Child 2/ Boy Scrooge/ Boy
Maya Pidoux/ Nina Morgan - Little Fan/ Child 1/ Harriet/ Janet Cratchit

Creative Team

Director - Andrew Panton
Designer - Alex Lowde
Lighting Designer - Simon Wilkinson
Composer and Sound Designer -  Claire McKenzie
Video Designer - Tim Reid
Deputy Stage Manager -  Emma Whoriskey
Puppet Consultant - Rick Conte
Puppets made by Jill Skulina


A Christmas Carol Trailer

Dates, Times & Prices

Dates and times

Running time is estimated at 1hr 50mins (including 20 min interval)

Thursday 28 November, 7.00pm (Preview, £10 tickets)

Friday 29 November, 7.00pm
Saturday 30 November, 2.30pm
Saturday 30 November, 7.00pm

Thursday 5 December, 7.00pm
Friday 6 December, 7.00pm
Saturday 7 December, 2.30pm (Captioned Perfomance)
Saturday 7 December, 7.00pm
Wednesday 11 December, 7.00pm
Thursday 12 December, 7.00pm (Touch Tour, 5.45 and Audio-described Performance)
Friday 13 December, 7.00pm
Saturday 14 December, 2.30pm (Touch Tour, 1.15 and Audio-described Performance)
Saturday 14 December, 7.00pm

Wednesday 18 December, 7.00pm (BSL Interpreted Performance)
Thursday 19 December, 7.00pm
Friday 20 Decemeber, 2.30pm
Friday 20 December, 7.00pm
Saturday 21 December, 2.30pm
Saturday 21 December, 7.00pm
Sunday 22 December, 2.30pm

Monday 23 December, 2.30pm
Monday 23 December, 7.00pm
Tuesday 24 December, 2.30pm
Thursday 26 December, 2.30pm
Friday 27 December, 2.30pm
Friday 27 December, 7.00pm
Saturday 28 December, 2.30pm
Saturday 28 December, 7.00pm
Sunday 29 December, 2.30pm

Monday 30 December, 2.30pm
Monday 30 December, 7.00pm
Tuesday 31 December, 2.30pm
Friday 3 January, 2.30pm
Friday 3 January, 7.00pm
Saturday 4 January, 2.30pm
Saturday 4 January, 7.00pm

Additional performances for Schools only are scheduled. Please contact our Groups and Schools booking line for more information: 0131 248 4949 (Tickets: £7.50 - £8.50)


Green Performances

  • Festive Four Package (at least once guest must be under 18): £74
  • Grand Circle & Stalls (PREMIUM & STANDARD SEATS): £27
  • Upper Circle: £20
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £20
  • Side View (Grand Circle & Stalls): £20
  • Side View (Upper Circle): £14

Red Performances

  • Festive Four Package (at least once guest must be under 18): £66
  • Grand Circle & Stalls (PREMIUM & STANDARD SEATS): £24
  • Upper Circle: £19
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £19
  • Side View (Grand Circle & Stalls): £19
  • Side View (Upper Circle): £14

Preview performances

All seats £10.00, unreserved seating (no concessions)
A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings


Appropriate ID will be required to verify age or status.

Seniors and Arts Workers

  • £3 off full price tickets

Students, people with disabilities and under 18s

  • Students: £15
  • Under 18s: 50% off full price tickets
  • Disability: £15
  • Arts Workers: £22
  • Wheelchair spaces available in Stalls Boxes
  • Assistants accompanying people with disabilities go free

Registered unemployed

  • All seats £15

Group discounts for 8 or more people

  • £5 off full price tickets (Stalls and Grand Circle) plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • £5 off full price tickets (Upper Circle) plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949
  • Discount not available on Premium Seats

Transaction Fee

  • A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings (excluding free events) to cover the service costs required to process a transaction
  • If you buy multiple tickets at the same time the fee will remain £1
  • Applies to all booking methods and forms of payment


Accessible performances for this production

Touch Tours for the visually impaired

  • Thursday 12 December, 5.45pm
  • Saturday 14 December, 1.15pm

Audio-described Performances

  • Thursday 12 December, 7.00pm
  • Saturday 14 December, 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance

  • Wednesday 18 December, 7.00pm

Captioned Performance

  • Saturday 7 December, 2.30pm

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum


Access facilities at the Lyceum


  • Blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the theatre
  • Street level access to the Lyceum foyer

Front of House

  • Lifts to all levels
  • Front of House wheelchair available for audience use
  • Induction loop at Box Office
  • Accessible toilet in foyer


  • Infra red and radio headsets for hearing enhancement and audio-described performances
  • Assistance dogs welcome in auditorium or can be left with Front of House staff
  • Raised Stalls Boxes offers space for up to 27 people in wheelchairs/companions
  • Underlit row letters, tactile row markers and embroidered seats numbers
  • Booster cushions and footstools available
  • Induction loop permanently on

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum

Take Part

Creative Learning events for this production

Focus on: A Christmas Carol

Spend a relaxed but informative morning with local historian and theatre expert Owen Dudley Edwards as he discusses A Christmas Carol.

• Wednesday 11 December, 10.30am
• £6 per class
• Book all 7 for £39
• Includes coffee/tea

Audience Feedback

Audience feedback for this production

This page is for  feedback from audience members, including comments from Twitter and Facebook, and also audience reviews.

If you would like to submit your own review of this production, please use the form on this page.


"...such an uplifting experience for adults and children."
Audience review by Jackie Thomson

"In my 76 years I have experienced this story many times, but I can honestly say that not one of them have I enjoyed as much as this wonderful production."
Audience review by Barry Wood

"A simply magical show which will grasp your inner child firmly by both hands and swing you so high you can't stop smiling!"
Audience review by Amanda Forsyth

"Having the live music on stage was innovative and so appropriate to the story."
Audience review by 1st Mid Calder Brownies

"A must see for the Christmas holidays"
Audience review by Joanna

"Lovely adaptation of classic Dickens story"
Audience review by Jollymac

"Loved everything about it"
Audience review by Mrs Joan McDonald

"Great festive family show, singing, acting, and timing."
Audience review by J.Pollock

"What a great way to start the festive period."
Audience review by Wendy Stewart

"Creative, imaginative live theater; spend your money here and have shared memories of an afternoon or night out that can not be repeated."
Audience review by Elizabeth M

"Loved the show from start to finish."
Audience review by Maggie M

"Thoroughly enjoyable, and heart warming. Treat yourself to a wonderful show."
Audience review by Andrew Gillie & Anne Beveridge

To read more audience reviews of A Christmas Carol and all of the productions in the 2013/14 season just follow this link.

Press Coverage


"Director Andrew Panton’s joyously faithful version of Dickens’ Christmas classic could be used as a definition of the word ‘timeless’.
The List ★★★★

"Christopher Fairbank's brilliant performance as Scrooge is at the heart of this festive treat"
The Telegraph ★★★★

"That Andrew Panton's production feels so seamless is largely down to the eight-strong ensemble cast"
The Times ★★★★

"There’s no doubt that this fine Christmas show sends its audience out into the night exhilarated and thrilled."
The Scotsman ★★★★

"...resembles a Christmas card brought joyously to life."
The Herald ★★★★

"Thank heavens for Dickens and the Lyceum"
Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★

"A Dickens of a good time...Radiating good humour and Christmas cheer"
All Edinburgh Theatre ★★★★

"this good-hearted show topped everyone up with a generous helping of just the right sort of Christmas spirit."
EdinburghGuide ★★★★


"A pleasing telling that has good humour at its lips and redemption at its heart."
The Stage

"This year they've embraced Christmas in all its rich Victorian glory."
The British Theatre Guide

"The Lyceum's production of Charles Dickens' classic tale is, quite simply, everything you would want of a Christmas show."
Across the Arts

"A multitalented cast who tackle interchangeable characters, as well as juggling live music and puppetry, make the piece the ultimate crowd pleaser."
The Public Reviews

"Christopher Fairbank plays a delightfully cantankerous old Scrooge"
The Journal


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