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About A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843 and has never been out of print. The first edition sold out by Christmas Eve and by the end of the following year 13 editions had been released.

Titled A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, you can see why it has been shortened to just A Christmas Carol! It is the story of an elderly miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by ghosts and afterward becomes a kinder, gentler man.

When the story was written the British were re-evaluating Christmas traditions. Christmas trees were introduced by the Royal Family (a German tradition) and the idea of a Christmas holiday was just beginning (imagine working through Christmas!). A Christmas Carol is acknowledged as influencing the modern Christmas, introducing the generosity of spirit at Christmas (The Man Who Invented Christmas) and the terms Bah! Humbug! As a retort to anything sentimental or overly festive and Scrooge, used to describe someone as a miser.

Just six years later Dickens began publicly reading the story which was so popular he continued the performances until his death in 1870. There were over 120 readings.

The story has been adapted for film, opera, ballet, musical, animation, radio and the stage. Marcel Marceau even performed a mime for the BBC! It is Dicken’s most reproduced story.

With thanks to Wikipedia

30th November - 7th December

  • Location: Her Majesty's Theatre

  • Genre: Drama

  • Playwright: Charles Dickens

  • Director: Mary-Rose McLaren

About the Director

Mary-Rose McLaren

Dr Mary-Rose McLaren is an associate professor in Education with the College of Arts & Education, Victoria University. Mary-Rose has been involved in many productions in Ballarat. Her favourite memories with Ballarat National Theatre include:

  • writing and directing “One Boys War” which was performed to sell-out crowds in 2013, which was about her Grandfather.
  • Co-writing and directing Honourable Mentions with Peter Nethercote. Honourable Mentions was a special tribute to the Royal South Street Society's 125 year history (2016)
  • Directing Daisy Pulls It Off
  • Acting in Little Women and The Best Man (2016), Much Ado About Shakespeare and Falling From Grace (2017), and getting to be Mark Antony in Act Like a Girl.

Again, Dr McLaren has taken on the challenge of writing the script, adapting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for this theatrical production. Originally carols were sung as part of theatrical productions, so they have been reintroduced into this production. Come along and share in the singing and the message in this classic tale that will leave you with a lightness of heart.

About the Playright

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens lived from 1812 to 1870 in England and is known for the social commentary he made via his writing. Unusually Charles Dickens was successful during his lifetime and has continued to be recognised as one of history’s greatest writers.


John Bolger

Ebenezer Scrooge

Gin Obrien

Narrator, Ghost of Christmas Past, Ensemble

Christine Holmes

Narrator, Mrs Crachit, Housemaid

Graeme Maxwell

Narrator, Ensemble

Jasper Magri

Ghost of Christmas Present, Schoolmaster, Ensemble

Craig Jackson

Marley, Ghost of Christmas Future, Husband

Emma Clarke


Anthony Balla

Bob Crachit, Fezziwig, Ensemble

James Wait

Narrator, Young Scrooge, Guest

Lincoln Hunt

Nephew, Dick

Tim Webby


Georgia Marshall

First Love, Guest, Ensemble

Rebecca Leicester

Belle, Martha, Laundress

Emma Hampson

Niece by marriage, Caroline, Ensemble

Bobbi Marshall

Tiny Tim, Ensemble

Violeta Guzzoni Kaval

Tiny Tim, Ensemble

Eshaan Uppal

Tiny Tim, Ensemble

Yolanda Jones

Little Fran, Ensemble

Erin Almeida

Little Fran, Ensemble

Yugi Uppal

Peter, Ensemble

Joshua Retallick

Peter, Ensemble

Amity Vandenburg


Samara Jones


Phelan Van Der Veen



  • Director
    Mary-Rose McLaren
  • Stage Manager
    Ann Chadwick
  • Assistant Stage Manager
    Veronica Rogers
  • Set Design
    Sam Bailey
  • Set Construction
    Sam Bailey, Tim Webby, Shell Pryor, Josh Pryor, Rebecca Leicester, Erin Ryan, Robyn Ashmore, Liam Mudge, Liam Ashmore, Trish Latrobe, Adam Galea
  • Sound Design and Operation
    Mike Zala
  • Lighting Design
    Liam Mudge
  • Photography
    Gary Hunt, Tim Webby and Lincoln Hunt
  • Costumes
    Alexandra Meerbach
  • Props
    Rebecca Leicester, Erin Ryan, Marj Gale, Katrina Hill
  • Lighting Operation
    Samuel Drew
  • Visual Effects
    Tim Webby
  • Original Artwork
    Emma Clarke
  • Front of House Manager
    Robyn Ashmore
  • Front of House Team
    Cathy Adamson, Carmen Simkin, Yvonne Downing, Kathleen Burns and Sally Read
  • Marketing
    Graham Maxwell
  • Marketing and Programme Design
    Liz Hardiman
  • Build and Bump In Crew
    Rebecca Leicester, Adam Galea, Samuel Drew, James Wait, Robyn Ashmore, Sam Bailey, Liam Mudge, Mary-Rose McLaren, Christine Homes, Cathy Adamson, Craig Jackson, John Bolger, Liam Ashmore, Shell Pryor, Josh Pryor, Graham Maxwell, Steve Holmes, Paul Harding, Dustey Ferryman, Lincoln Hunt, Georgia Marshall, Tim Webby, Mike Zala, Janette Baxter