First produced by the Citizens Theatre in 2014 and revived to critical acclaim in 2018, Neil Bartlett’s version of the timeless Dickens favourite, A Christmas Carol, will return to the Tramway stage this festive season.The sell-out show continues to be cited as a favourite by Citz audiences and impressed the critics with its inventive storytelling, live music and impressive staging (★★★★★ Herald, ★★★★★ Scotsman, ★★★★★ Telegraph, ★★★★ Guardian ★★★★ The Times).

Following a successful return to live performance outdoors with ★★★★★ The Comedy of Errors, and more recently at the Tron Theatre with the “immaculate” (Scotsman) double bill Krapp’s Last Tape with Go On, Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill will bring his signature style, with a handpicked ensemble cast to present this much-loved tale of hope, joy and Victorian charm.

Audiences will be delighted by the return of Glasgow-born stage veteran Benny Young who will reprise his 2018 role as the miserly humbug, Scrooge. Billed as ‘the perfect Scottish Scrooge’ (The Herald), Benny’s many stage credits include Midsummer (Edinburgh International Festival), Hedda Gabler (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Unfaithful (Traverse, Edinburgh) and Love With a Capital L (Òran Mór, Glasgow).

Joining Benny will be Jamie Leary, familiar to many from her role as Rebecca Fleming in River City and to Citz audiences from her roles in Cinderella and the 2018 production of A Christmas Carol, Samuel Pashby (The Comedy of Errors,Citizens Theatre; A Christmas Carol, Pitlochry Festival Theatre; Cyrano De Bergerac, National Theatre of Scotland and the Citizens Theatre; Bard’s Tale, InXile Entertainment), Rachel Campbell (Cinderella, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture) and Laura Cairns (A Christmas Carol, Citizens Theatre; Everyman, Miracle Theatre; The Tempest, Royal Shakespeare Company). Completing the cast are Ewan Miller and Michael Guest, the Citizens Theatre Graduate Actor Interns, who will bring their ‘tremendous energy’ (The National) from their roles in The Comedy of Errors to the Christmas show ensemble.

Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to revive A Christmas Carol; Dickens’ heart-warming tale that reminds us to show compassion and charity for others – something which always resonates at Christmas but is all the more poignant in current times.We want everyone to be able to enjoy a Citizens Christmas Show and feel confident they can return to live performance. We have adapted the show to ensure it can run without an interval and will offer socially distant seating performances, affordable pricing options and relaxed and interpreted performances to enable audiences to experience theatre in a way that is accessible to them. We are excited to join theatres across the country in offering families, adults and children a memorable festive experience again this year.”

The Citizens Theatre remains committed to affordability and accessibility with family tickets and a range of concessions, including £5 tickets for Gorbals Cardholders and the unemployed. Over 800 local school children will benefit from the Pay It Forward Scheme which will enable those who would not have otherwise been able to access theatre this festive season to attend A Christmas Carol.Accessible performances, including audio description, BSL interpretation, captioned and a relaxed performance will run alongside the option for audiences to attend one of five socially distanced performances where capacity will be reduced.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 26 October and are available to purchase from the Citizens Theatre’s website With tickets likely to be in high demand, early booking is recommended!


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Notes to Editors

All productions are created and performed in line with Scottish Government guidelines. Refunds are guaranteed should a performance not be able to go ahead.

This production is supported by the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund.

Citizens Theatre

TheCitizensTheatre is Glasgow’s major producing theatre and one of the leading theatre companies in the UK. Over the last 75 years, it has built an international reputation for producing innovative shows on stage, alongside a highly regarded learning programme of participatory and education work. It is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill who is regarded as having “a talent for classical drama which is genuinely world class.” (Daily Telegraph) and Executive Director, Alex McGowan. The theatre presents bold new interpretations of classic texts that are accessible and relevant - and uniquely, where any member of the audience can attend a performance for as little as 50p.

The company’s beautiful Victorian home in the Gorbals is currently closed while it undergoes a major redevelopment. This will be the first comprehensive, integrated redevelopment of the building since it opened in 1878. The project will transform the experiences of audiences, participants and performers and secure the future of one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings and leading producing theatres. 

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