A Christmas Carol

3rd December 2010 - 8th January 2011, The Lowry, Quays Theatre
Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge is the world’s most notorious miser, who even begrudges his staff a day off at Christmas until he’s confronted by the Spirits of Christmas – Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future – who use magic to show him the miserable consequences of his meanness. Then even Scrooge has to relent!

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Dickens’ timeless and heart-warming tale.

Ticket Details

Adults: £16.50, £14.50 and £12.50

Children: £9.50, Schools £9

Concessions: £1 off standard priced tickets only.

Group rate: – 1 free for every 10 purchased (including schools).

Previews only: – Adults £13, Children £8

Family tickets: (2 adults and 2 children) £50, £46, £42

Age suitability: 6+

Running time 1h50m including interval.


The Lowry, Quays Theatre

Pier 8
Salford Quays

Greater Manchester
M50 3AZ

The Lowry is our chosen venue for our main season plays whilst we are on the move. We are performing in the intimate setting of the Quays Theatre.
The Lowry is 10 minutes drive from Manchester City Centre, 20 minutes drive from Manchester Airport, and a quarter of a mile from the motorway network, giving access from all over the North West and beyond. It also has excellent public transport links and is situated in the centre of a vibrant shopping, eating and leisure destination.

Find out more about the getting to The Lowry here


  • Mrs Delaney: Corinna Powlesland
  • Tiny Tim: Ben Hancock
  • Tiny Tim: Oliver Hughes
  • Tiny Tim: Oliver Oakley Keenan
  • Ebenezer Scrooge: David Beames
  • Mrs Maggs/1st Philanthropist/Christmas Present: Kath Burlinson
  • Jacob Marley/Mr Fezziwig : Claude Close
  • Belle: Lisa Kerr
  • Teenage Scrooge: Darren Kuppan
  • Bob Cratchit: Jack Lord
  • Mrs Cratchit: Abigail McGibbon
  • Fred Scrooge: Paul Barnhill

Creative Team

  • Director: Rachel O’Riordan
  • Designer: Gary McCann
  • Composer / Musical Director: Connor Mitchell
  • Performance Musical Director: Isobel Waller-Bridge
  • Deputy Stage Manager: Sophia Dalton
  • Lighting Designer: James Whiteside
  • Casting Advisor: Kay Magson
  • Casting Assistant: Michelle Barlow
  • Chaperone: Julie Williams
  • Assistant Director: Elisa Amesbury
  • Company Stage Manager: Jamie Byron
  • Sound Designer: Paul Gregory
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    A Christmas Carol gets 10 out of 10 Tue 7 Dec 2010

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    A Christmas Carol launch at the Christmas Markets Mon 22 Nov 2010

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David Beames plays Scrooge with the tremulous fear of someone watching his whole life being deconstructed in front of him, though this is really an ensemble piece and the quality is high throughout. Lisa Kerr in particular plays her three characters (Belle, Martha and Florence) with true feeling. The gothic set is hugely impressive, the lighting lending a spooky, discomfiting atmosphere amplified by the best aspect of this production – its sound. In trusting the timeless story rather than dumbing it down for today's kids, The Library Theatre Company proves that Dickens is as relevant and enchanting as ever.

The Stage

Instead of me struggling with an old book it was right there before me, laid out in glorious sound and light.

It’s a show designed for all the family and even I had to restrain a tear or two by the end as the awful Mr Scrooge blossomed into something wonderful. It’s the perfect Christmas show. 10 out of 10.

Salford Online

The Library Theatre's current production should be top of your priority list. I've probably seen 15 or more stage versions of Dickens' timeless classic and yet, sitting in The Lowry, I felt like I was watching it through fresh eyes. This is also an ideal opportunity to get children interested in the theatre as most of them were totally transfixed by what they saw.I loved the way Director Rachel O'Riordan uses music in a production that's sure to leave you with a festive glow. Great set, too.

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