Christmas Carol (2012)

“Roll up! Roll up! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to The Pantaloons’ Penny Circus! A true treat for the eyes and a feast for the soul this yuletide. Now, on such a winter’s day other entertainers may be content merely to warm the cockles of your heart; but we at The Pantaloons’ Penny Circus won’t stop there, ladies and gentlemen. Cockles, muscles, oysters, clams, winkles – you name’em, we’ll warm’em!”

So began The Pantaloons’ brilliant production of A Christmas Carol which was back in 2012 after sell out tours in 2010 and 2011.

Ah but what a show it was! A cornucopia of Christmas capers. A fandango of festive frivolities. A show so splendiferous that Queen Victoria herself said “I am very amused”, Charles Darwin gave it two opposable thumbs up, and Mr Dickens wrote a book about it.

This was the classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as told by The Pantaloons Penny Circus, a rag-tag group of Victorian squawkers, hawkers and porkers. So as well as Dickens’ moving festive fable of redemption, audiences got to see the dubious magic of the Great Wizardo, the invisible man’s acrobatic display and a fantastic freak show (minus the freaks).

Humbug!

“Brilliant”

The Daily Telegraph