Sunday, 8 December 2013

A Christmas Carol

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Group 64 performing "A Christmas Carol" at Putney Arts Theater. I really needed this magical Christmassy delight to get me in my festive mood. This beautiful production was based on the classic novella by English author Charles Dickens, first published on 17 December 1843.

As we all know, the novella tells the story of bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from supernatural visits by Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. It was a lovely play, with so many talented kids and beautiful Christmas Carols, that has the ability to move you deeply with its messages no matter how old you are.

Dickens started writing his "little carol" in September 1843 and completed the book in six weeks with the final pages written in the beginning of December  just in time to be published for Christmas with illustrations by John Leech. Here are a few that I found on The Victorian Web and I would like to share with you. 

Mr Fezzwig's Ball 
Marley's Ghost
Ghosts of Departed Usurers
Scrooge extinguishes the First of the Three Spirits
The Second of The Three Spirits
Ignorance and Want
The Last of The Spirits
Scrooge and Bob Cratchit
Have a lovely Sunday morning and as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!

Helen xx

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