Theatre Royal to stage ‘A Christmas Carol’ outside The Angel Hotel

An imaginative production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is set to be staged outside The Angel Hotel, in Bury St Edmunds, next month.

It is being organised by the Theatre Royal and will feature “in-the-round” staging and headphone technology.

The theatre’s CEO/artistic director, Owen Calvert-Lyons, is passionate about what this 24-show run will mean to the community,

“This is perhaps the most challenging context we have ever made a production in, but it feels more important than ever that we make theatre for the people of Suffolk this Christmas.

“This is our country’s most iconic Christmas story and now feels like the perfect time to tell it. It is a story which celebrates the human condition; a story in which humanity and compassion triumph over greed and selfishness.  It’s a story which reminds us why this time of year is so special and The Angel Hotel, where Dickens wrote ‘The Pickwick Papers’, is the perfect backdrop for this powerful and enchanting Christmas story.”

The professional cast of five include local actors Matthew Cavendish, Rebecca Peyton and Howard Saddler along with Paul Sandys and Melissa Lowe.

The 60-minute show will be performed twice on Angel Hill each evening from December 11 to December 24, at 7pm and 9pm (excluding Tuesday, December 15, and Monday, December 21). The Christmas Eve performances will be at 5pm and 7pm.

The production has been made possible with the support of West Suffolk Council and is sponsored by Taylor Wimpey East Anglia.

Caroline Carter, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, said: “We are delighted to sponsor Theatre Royal’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ outdoor production this winter, as we understand the value that shows like these bring to local communities. We hope this provides some much-needed festive joy to the people of Bury St Edmunds this Christmas.”

This will be a socially distanced, promenade event (there will be no seating – audiences will be standing and will be required to wear masks). Customer with accessibility issues should contact the Theatre Royal prior to booking.

The Angel Hill car park will be closed at 5pm each evening (3pm on Christmas Eve) to allow for the technical crew to set the stage each evening.

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