A Christmas Carol at The Gate

Everything’s beginning to settle into Christmas inertia, but never fear, we’ve trawled the city for a variety of delightful things to keep you occupied, once the novelty of spending large quantities of time with your beloved family begins to wear a little thin. Probably the most seasonally appropriate thing to do is go to the theatre – the excitement of going to see a live performance can be quite festive, especially if you settle on the panto or The Gate’s production of A Christmas Carol. Despite the release of the film, we’re still desperate to see this: it’s been adapted by John Mortimer, and features Barry McGovern as Scrooge and Stephen Brennan as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come. It’s directed by Alan Stanford, the most jovial director that we know (he gave a talk hosted by The Dubliner magazine recently and we were pretty impressed), and if the promotional picture is anything to go by (see above) it should be the epitome of all Yuletide cheer.

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