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A Christmas Carol comes to the Watermill Theatre

The Christmas show for the Watermill Theatre at Bagnor this year is the classic story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, in a limited season of socially distanced performances inside the auditorium. 

This outstanding story burst onto the scene in December1843 and it instantly became a hit, selling out thirteen times by the next year. It’s never been out of print since. Various film versions include Scrooge (1951) with Alastair Sim, A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), and Tom Hardy in the 2019 version, A Christmas Carol.

This story popularised the themes of cheer and goodwill at Christmas for the mid-Victorians. The phrase ‘Merry Christmas!’ was first seen in this book, as was the opposite -‘Bah Humbug’ !

The Watermill website writes:

It’s Christmas Eve, and whilst London is alive with festive cheer and seasonal goodwill, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge grows meaner by the minute. A heartless money lender, who cares more about counting his coins than for his fellow man, Scrooge despises Christmas and everything to do with it. But will a timely visit from the haunting ghosts of Christmas past, present and future change his wicked ways before it’s too late?

Two actor-musicians introduce us to Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of extraordinary characters as you have never seen them before in a festive retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. 

The show runs from Thursday 26th November 2020 through to Sunday 3rd January 2021. It has been adapted by Danielle Pearson, and the main sponsor is Horsey Lightley.


£23 and £20 from 1 – 17 December
£25 and £23 from 19 December – 3 January
£12.50 and £10 for early bird performances from 26 – 28 November 

Age guidance

The Watermill Theatre is unable to admit under 4s or babes in arms into the auditorium.

Audio Described performance: Saturday 5 December at 2.30pm 
BSL performance: Saturday 19 December at 2.30pm 
Relaxed performance: Saturday 12 December at 2.30pm

Keeping you safe at The Watermill 

A Christmas Carol is part of The Watermill Theatre’s autumn 2020 reopening season featuring shows with smaller cast sizes, reduced capacity inside the auditorium and socially distanced seating.

Audience members are required to wear face coverings (unless medically exempt or children under 11) when moving around the Watermill site, including in the bar and restaurant and at all times in the auditorium. Masks do not need to be worn when eating or drinking.

For more information about your visit and the steps taken to reopen the theatre safely, please go to the Watermill Theatre’s website By clicking on the link below:


The photo above is by Philippa Harper