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Theatre REVIEW: A Christmas Carol - ★★★★★

Using the script and acting directions developed by Dickens himself, Edinburgh Fringe legend Pip Utton recreates the most popular of Dickens’ public readings in this almost totally candlelit performance of A Christmas Carol in the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum.

“I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.”

So Dickens described what has become one of the best loved of all Christmas stories. During the last twelve years of his life Charles Dickens toured Britain and the USA reading his writings professionally to his adoring public. The most popular of all these readings was ‘A Christmas Carol’. In this almost totally candlelit performance Pip Utton recreates those readings using the adaptation of the story made and used by Charles Dickens himself. There are no modern theatrical devices such as sound or lighting effects. The power of the writing is brought to life by the power of the performance.

“A masterful performance. Pip Utton IS Charles Dickens” –



Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum - run finished


Adam (Age 13) - ★★★★★

"Really well told and I enjoyed it."

Daniel (Age 13) - ★★★★★

"This was a great show.

The acting was fantastic and obviously as I presume you already know the age old tale was thrilling as always. The man performing this show (Pip Utton) really gripped me in with the story and by the end I was left truly feeling the Christmas spirit. The show was around 1 hr 15 but it passed in what felt like minutes with being able to condense such a long story into a relatively fast paced performance.

5/5 merry Christmas"


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