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Monday, 18 November 2019

Preview: Christmas Carol to tour North East


A Christmas Carol to tour North East and Yorkshire this Christmas.


Newcastle Castle 5th – 9th December 2019
Alnwick Castle 10th – 11th December 2019
West Auckland Manor House 12th December 2019
Scarborough Town Hall 14th – 15th December 2019
York Merchant Taylor’s Hall 17th – 19th December 2019
Durham Town Hall 20th December 2019
Sunderland Wearside Masonic Lodge 21st – 23rd December 2019

The Christmas Spirits are alive across the North East and Yorkshire this December as the incredible Life and Limb Puppets and award-winning Theatre Space North East return with the timeless Dickensian tale; A Christmas Carol. Featuring stunning, larger than life puppetry, atmospheric live music, mischievous sprites and a sprinkling of ghoulish Christmas cheer, it promises to be a festive family night out like no other.

The production which last year enchanted audiences amongst the centuries old stone of Newcastle’s castle keep, will once again play two shows nightly between the 5th – 9th December at Newcastle Castle before embarking on a regional tour of some of the most stunning buildings in the area, including Alnwick Castle, West Auckland Manor House,   Scarborough Town Hall, York Merchant Taylor’s Hall, Durham Town Hall and the Wearside Masonic Lodge.

Last year’s original performances sold out in less than 48 hours of going on sale, prompting the producers to double the amount of shows to ensure everyone got a chance to meet the spirts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. This year, the tour will include 36 shows across the 7 venues, so audiences throughout the region have a chance to join wicked to the bone Ebenezer Scrooge on a December night they aren’t going to forget in a hurry.

The ‘Solidly Enjoyable’ (The Stage) show, a mix of traditional storytelling and quirky staging, will plunge audiences into the heart of Dickensian London as beloved characters interact with theatre goers and their puppet friends. The tale of greed, poverty and the everlasting hope that comes from a good helping of Christmas spirit has delighted the public since the 1800s and the team behind the show have plenty of surprises up their sleeves to bring the classic story to life.

The themes of the story are all the more pertinent in 2019, with food bank usage and homelessness on the rise. The production last year raised over £1000 in donations for local charities and foodbanks and will once again conduct collections at each performance for those less fortunate this Christmas.

Images are from last year's tour.

Tickets:
Tickets for the tour go on sale on Monday 28th October 2019 at 9am via official ticketing partner www.arctix.co.uk. General Admission costs £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 fast, 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 website for more information.

Tour Schedule:

5th – 9th December at 6pm and 8pm
Newcastle Castle Keep, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RQ
There is no central heating at this venue, patrons are advised to wrap up warm. There is no disabled access at this venue.
Tickets: http://newcastlecastle.co.uk/ticketing/theatre.html 

10th – 11th December at 7pm and 9pm
Alnwick Castle, Alnwick NE66 1NQ

12th December at 6pm and 8pm
Manor House Hotel, Front Street, West Auckland DL14 9HW

14th – 15th December at 6pm and 8pm
Scarborough Town Hall, St Nicholas St, Scarborough YO11 2HG

17th – 19th December at 6pm and 8pm
Merchant Taylors’ Hall, Aldwark, York YO1 7BX

20th December at 6pm and 8pm
Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ

21st – 23rd December at 6pm and 8pm
Wearside Masonic Lodge, Burdon Rd, Sunderland SR2 7DX
There is no disabled access at this venue. No outside food or drink is permitted at this venue.

Tickets are sold exclusively through Arctix at www.arctix.co.uk. Tickets for sale on other services may not be valid. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We cannot issue refunds to under 16s who are not accompanied by an adult. All tickets are non-refundable unless an event is cancelled or materially changed.

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