A Christmas Carol at Immersive LDN
A blast of Christmas joy and merriment awaits those who venture into Scrooge’s parlour for A Christmas Carol’s ninth year in a row.
This more or less two-man theatre-adaptation-slash-dining-experience departs from Dicken’s classic seasonal story in a number of ways, not least with the two-course turkey dinner in the middle, but certainly keeps its heart.
Rather than the three ghosts of Christmas appearing one by one, it’s Jacob Marley’s spirit that plays host for the entire duration. And genuinely, the other spectres aren’t missed. Except that if, like Marley – who now seems perfectly fine – one can repent and change after death, then why is it so necessary to do so in life? But forgetting about that miniscule blot of mustard, it’s amazing how well the change works.
The audience fills in as a cast of other spirits as Marley explains to all their dire mission to encourage Scrooge to change his ways while there is still time.
Pure festive fun abounds. Bells are chimed, carols are sung, jokes are made, greetings are shared, gravy is poured, drinks are glugged, food is scoffed, crackers are pulled, games are played and the audience plays a part in all of it. The production captures everything that makes a magical Christmas. It certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously; it’s more A Muppets Christmas Carol than The Old Vic.
But that’s not to say that this show doesn’t get the serious parts absolutely right. Thanks to clever staging and simple but incredibly effective lighting tricks, the darker moments hit just as hard as they need to.
Because of the immersive nature alone, this version of A Christmas Carol will certainly be an evening to remember for anyone who wishes to step into Victorian England for the night. But the quality and thought that has gone into this production – no doubt perfected over the years of performances – make it something even more special.
Photo: Brendan Bell
A Christmas Carol is at Immersive LDN from 27th December until 5th January 2020. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.