Mark Gatiss’s Christmas Carol adaptation off until 2021

Published: 6 August 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

"Exceeding expectations": A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story

Nottingham Playhouse and producer Eleanor Lloyd have announced that Mark Gatiss’s new adaptation of A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story has been postponed until 2021 due to government guidelines restricting the reopening of theatres.

Originally scheduled to open in autumn 2020, the production will involve Gatiss leading an ensemble cast in his own retelling of Dickens’s classic winter ghost story “filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects”.

Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Adam Penford, who will direct, said, “the audience response to this new ghostly retelling of A Christmas Carol has been overwhelming and it's with a heavy heart that we're postponing the production.

“The adaptation that Mark has delivered during lockdown exceeded our already high expectations—it makes you see the well-known tale through fresh eyes—and I was so excited by all the design and production ideas we were working on. I can't wait to bring the new show to Nottingham and the atmospheric Alexandra Palace Theatre in 2021.”

A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story will run at Nottingham Playhouse from 29 October to 13 November 2021 and at the Alexandra Palace Theatre from 26 November 2021 until 9 January 2022.