Ebenezer Scrooge is the hardest, coldest, and meanest old man in London. One evening his life is changed completely by four ghosts. They show him images of Christmas in the past, present and future and finally he becomes ‘…as good a man as the good old city knew.’ This is a true classic of English literature, known and loved by English speakers all over the world.
Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843 and described it as 'intended to awaken loving thoughts'. His aim in writing the story was to capture the true spirit of Christmas and to draw attention to the suffering of poor people in Victorian England. Dickens felt that Christmas spirit was dying in his time. If that was true then it is certainly true today and the story of Scrooge and the ghosts who visit him has been popular ever since the day it was first published. It is now a stable part of the culture of all the English-speaking countries. The Bear Educational Theatre has simplified the story for the purposes of the stage and to make the old language accessible to non-native speakers. However, a lot of trouble has been taken to stay as close as possible to the original story and so convey Dicken's original message. A Christmas Carol had it's premiere in November 2007 and The Bear Educational Theatre renews the production every year in the period before Christmas. A Christmas Carol is a fantastic story, which is worth telling again and again, especially in countries where it is not so well known. And extra specially in 2012, which is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.