Puppet Christmas Carol revived for tour

Published: 22 October 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Scrooge and Jacob Marley (2018 production)
The Ghost of Christmas Present and Scrooge (2018 production)

Last year’s puppet and live action version of A Christmas Carol at the Newcastle Castle Keep from Theatre Space NE and 4M CIC, now renamed Life and Limb Puppets, is to be revived for a NE tour at Christmas.

The production will again play at the Castle Keep before setting off to visit six more atmospheric venue across Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire.

Featuring life-sized and small puppets, as well as live action and original music, the show will visit:

  • The Castle Keep, Newcastle (5–9 December) (No heating and no disabled access)
  • Alnwick Castle (10–11 December)
  • West Auckland Manor House (12 December)
  • Scarborough Town Hall (14–15 December)
  • York Merchant Taylor’s Hall (17–19 December)
  • Durham Town Hall (20 December)
  • Wearside Masonic Lodge (21–23 December) (No disabled access)

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Monday 28 October 2019 at 9:00 via official ticketing partner Arctix. Tickets are £16 (plus fees) with concessions for under-16s, OAPs, emergency services personnel and students with valid ID priced at £13 (plus fees). Tickets are expected to sell quickly, so patrons are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. Not all of the venues on the tour are completely accessible and patrons with access requirements are advised to check the Arctix web site for more information.

Theatre Space North East, based in its community funded studios in Sunderland, is the team behind the hugely popular Plays in the Parks seasons which have taken over Sunderland’s parks and the grounds of Alnwick Castle in previous years.

Life and Limb Puppetry (formerly 4M) has been dedicated to education, learning and entertainment through puppetry for many years in the North East and beyond. Alongside its educational programmes, the company works alongside theatre practitioners to run puppetry workshops, consultancy and creature creation from a studio in Newcastle.

The production last year raised over £1,000 in donations for local charities and foodbanks and will once again conduct collections at each performance for those less fortunate this Christmas.