Queensland audiences are in for some much-needed joy when the award-winning Charles Dickens story 'A Christmas Carol' – adapted by shake & stir theatre company – hits Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
'A Christmas Carol' is known for being full of festive cheer, hope and heartwarming magic. It's Christmas Eve, and Ebenezer Scrooge is counting down the seconds until silly season is done with. Four ghosts arrive to whisk Scrooge away on a journey through time to show him fragments of Christmas past, present and future. Will Old Scrooge change his ways before it's too late?
"QPAC has collaborated with the formidable shake & stir to develop and stage new and captivating works for close to a decade," QPAC CEO John Kotzas says. "The Centre is passionate about the success of Queensland artists and companies and 'A Christmas Carol' is another great work developed with Queensland artists that attracts large audiences to the theatre, many for the first time."
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Hailed as one of Charles Dickens' most popular stories, it's a timeless and timely reminder to think of those less fortunate and honour the spirit of Christmas. The production at QPAC is led by Australian actor Eugene Gilfedder as Scrooge, with a supporting cast including Salliana Campbell, shake & stir Artistic Directors Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij.
"We are excited to play in the Lyric Theatre and to join other returning companies and artists in welcoming audiences back to QPAC," Nick Skubij says. "2020 has been filled with so much anxiety and uncertainty so we are thrilled to offer audiences of all ages a heaped serving of festive cheer to round out the year."
'A Christmas Carol' is directed by Michael Futcher.
'A Christmas Carol' plays Queensland Performing Arts Centre centre 16-24 December.