A timeless tale - in a different time...

Venue:  Rayne Theatre

Tickets:  Tickets from £10


"You there!" he shouted to a boy on the street. "What day is this?" The boy gave Scrooge a puzzled look. "It's Christmas, sir. Christmas morning!"

Join Chickenshed for a magical and brilliantly uplifting retelling of the unforgettable story of Ebenezer Scrooge, that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner”. Follow his spooky encounters over the course of one incredible night, and his journey ultimately to become the friendly, charitable man who “knew how to keep Christmas well”.

Charles Dickens’ classic story has arguably come to define Christmas in the 175 years since its publication, and there have been numerous memorable versions, both on stage and screen. Chickenshed has updated, renewed and refreshed this amazing and heart-warming tale for 2018 in an entirely brand new musical version, set in 1930s Britain.

With a cast of over 200 people on stage for each performance, original music, stunning sets and incredible design, we guarantee an absolutely unforgettable festive theatre experience for young and old!

Make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter using #CSChristmasCarol to receive updates and photos of the show's exciting developments.

Take a look at A Christmas Carol in rehearsal...

Seen the show? Let us know what you thought!



'This is theatre that changes the idea not only of who is being seen but of who is looking.' The Observer (credit Susannah Clapp | The Observer)

'A rich mixture of captivating drama, music, dance and laughter.' ***** The Spy in the Stalls

'Brilliantly staged.' **** The Stage

'Chickenshed's infectiously entertaining and uniquely inclusive style.' **** Act Drop

'As we leave the auditorium my little boy says… Mama can we watch it again? So I know he has definitely given it his stamp of approval. Well done Chickenshed for producing such a fun Christmassy production!' **** London Theatre 1

'It’s neat, clever and effective as we’ve come to expect from this company whose slogan is 'Theatre changing lives'.' **** Musical Theatre Review

'It has an amazing set, fantastic ghosts, a collection of talented actors and a lot of cute kids. If you’re sick of the Victorians, head down to the Chickenshed and enjoy some 1930s festive fun instead.' *** The Reviews Hub

'Brilliant, captivating, with amazing singing voices and dancing. With such a warming ending it is exactly what you come to expect with A Christmas Carol, but this one was extra special.' *** Curtain Call

'This imaginative show is Dickens as you’ve never seen it before.' Sardines Magazine

'Perhaps most remarkable are the choral harmonies of nearly two hundred young people in the yellow rota (there are three other rotas to be seen on other nights) whose striking choreographed scenes alone are worth the trip to the theatre.' British Theatre Guide

'I can’t think of anything more in the spirit of Dickens, or of Christmas. Go and see this!' View From The Cheap Seats

Ticket Information

Previews (21 - 24 Nov) - All tickets £10
Standard - Stalls £20 (£15 concs) | Gallery £14
Peak - Stalls: £22.50 (£17.50 concs) | Gallery £15
Schools performances - Previews: All seats £10 | Standard: All seats £11.50 Download booking form
See a full list of A Christmas Carol School Performances

Access tickets: Signing, Captioned, Audio Described tickets, and tickets for wheelchair users, will be charged at a reduced rate (usually equivalent to the gallery rate for that performance). Please contact the Box Office for more details.

Running time: 2hrs including interval
Ages: 5+

Fantastic for Families

Rota Groups

Our incredible cast of 800 performers is split over 4 different rota groups - Yellow, Blue, Red and Green. If you are looking to see a particular performer, please click here to choose the correct show date and time!

Access Performances

All performances have British Sign Language Integration. For further information on the best seating for viewing the integrated Sign Language please contact us at [email protected].
Captioned (c) Thu 6 Dec 12pm (Schools), Fri 7 Dec 7pm, Sat 8 Dec 3pm, Wed 19 Dec 7pm,
Thu 20 Dec 7pm
Audio Described (AD) Fri 7 Dec 12pm (Schools), Sun 16 Dec 1.30pm, Fri 21 Dec 7pm,
Sun 23 Dec 5.30pm

Touch tours can be offered before all Audio Described performances.

Pre-show Audio Notes are here: 


Access resources: We can also provide large print synopsis, braille synopsis and standard size print synopsis. If you are interested in any of these resources please email [email protected].

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