Held over to December 22
Let us touch your heart deeply when we stage this classic tale of humanity and redemption. Michael’s adaptation, faithful to the original, is a holiday tradition in Toronto and now we bring it to you and your family.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.
Audience Advice: This show contains the use of stage haze and fog, and strobe lighting.
Please allow extra time to find parking — the Fernwood neighbourhood has been very busy lately, and parking close to the theatre is scarce! Patrons who arrive late due to parking or other issues may be asked to watch the first act on the live feed monitor in the lobby and can move to their seats at intermission.
Family Ticket Pack
For the run of A Christmas Carol the Belfry is offering a family ticket pack. For $80 (+ HST) patrons can get tickets for two adults and two children (or one adult and three children) for any performance of A Christmas Carol. The show is recommended for kids age six and up. Sorry, this offer is not available online – please call our Box Office at 250-385-6815 to book.
Cast & Artists
- Tom McBeath
- Ebenezer Scrooge
- Gerry Mackay
- Jacob Marley
- Lily Cave
- Fan / Belinda
- Daniel Fong
- Jessica Hickman
- Kevin Kruchkywich
- Mr. Fred
- Brian Linds
- Mr. Fezziwig
- Amanda Lisman
- Adam Lolacher
- Bob Cratchit
- Ajay Parikh-Friese
- Amisha Parikh-Friese
- Simeon Sanford Blades
- Tiny Tim
- Celine Stubel
- Mrs. Cratchit
- Jan Wood
- Mrs. Fezziwig
- Michael Shamata
- Director / Adaptor
- Kim Harvey
- Assistant Director
- John Ferguson
- Nancy Bryant
- Costume Designer
- Alan Brodie
- Lighting Designer
- Geordie Haley
- Jessica Hickman
The Heart of the Matter
3X3 Interview - Glynis Leyshon (Decisions, Lessons, Wishes)
3X3 Interview - Jo-Ann Roberts (Decisions, Lessons, Wishes)
3X3 Interview - Dean Fortin (Decisions, Lessons, Wishes)
B4Play - CBC Radio's Gregor Craigie interviews Michael Shamata and Tom McBeath
B4Play - CBC Radio's Gregor Craigie interviews Dr. Lisa Surridge
B4Play - CBC Radio's Gregor Craigie interviews GVPL's Sarah Harrison
A Christmas Carol at the Belfry Theatre. Dance Like a Fezziwig.
A Christmas Carol at the Belfry Theatre. Get Your Ghost On.
A Christmas Carol. B4Play.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1) by Charles Dickens
SynopsisA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Michael Shamata
Charles Dickens’s holiday masterpiece “A Christmas Carol” is adapted for stage in this lively play at the Belfry Theatre. The play begins in the present time, with an introduction from the actor playing Jacob Marley. Then, the audience is transported to Victorian England in 1843, where we meet the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his hard-done-by employee Bob Cratchit.
Scrooge quickly establishes himself as an altogether unpleasant and unlikeable businessman. He pronounces that the poor should be in workhouses and prisons or should die to “decrease the surplus population”. He rebuffs his nephew’s invitation to Christmas dinner and declares Christmas itself a “humbug”.
That night, an incredulous Scrooge is haunted by the Spirit of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge is warned that he will be visited by a series of three ghosts. In turn, the Spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come arrive and take Scrooge on a journey through time. Scrooge revisits his childhood self and the loss of his first and only love. He learns of Bob Cratchit’s poverty and the poor health of his son, Tiny Tim. Finally, he perceives his own future demise: dying alone, unloved and without any positive legacy. More wealth than he could ever spend; never spent on anything worthwhile.
In the final scenes, Scrooge’s epiphany unleashes his generosity and a new gratitude for life’s blessings. He gives to the poor, he reconciles with his nephew, and he transforms the life of Bob Cratchit and his family.
Audience Synopsis by Nicole and Sean
- Saturday, November 10 at 11 am
Join CBC radio’s morning host Gregor Craigie for a live talk show featuring artists from our production of A Christmas Carol and a host of experts from Victoria talking about all things
Victorian. Free Event.
- November 20 - 24
During this week of performances, we want to hear what you have to say. After each evening performance, stick around for a short discussion facilitated by one of our staff.
- TalkBack Thursday
- Thursday, November 22
Following the 8 pm performance of A Christmas Carol join the actors from the show and
your fellow audience members for a 20-minute Q & A session.
- Belfry Booksmack
- Monday, November 26 at 7 pm
After our standing room only event in October, five fast, furious and fun GVPL librarians
return. They’ll let their hair down, take off their glasses and speed review books and DVDs
for giving - just in time for the holidays.
- Children's Health Foundation / Actors’ Fund Benefit Performance
- Sunday, December 16 at 7 pm
All proceeds from this performance will be split evenly between the Children's Health
Foundation of Vancouver Island (formerly the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children)
and The Actors’ Fund of Canada.