I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant, C. D. 1843.

The most famous miser of all misers – and there are a lot of misers out there! – is Ebenezer Scrooge. Caught in the great grind for money, he forgets to live a shared life – until one Christmas night when something utterly, famously un-money happens to the old bastard…

A Christmas Carol is one of the all-time most wonderful stories of redemption and awakening. All of us are Scrooge in some way: holding on to things. Given the chance to step back from our lives we would see how much is meaningless and inconsequential. This show is about having a second chance. It is about how precious the life we have left is. It is about finding joy in those around us. Joy!

Anne-Louise Sarks and a cast of marvels stage Charles Dickens’ supreme book of kindness.


Kate Box
Peter Carroll
Ivan Donato
Eden Falk
Robert Menzies
Steve Rodgers
Miranda Tapsell
Ursula Yovich


Adapted by Benedict Hardie & Anne-Louise Sarks
from the novel by Charles Dickens
Director Anne-Louise Sarks
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Dramaturg Marg Horwell
Movement Director Scott Witt
Stage Manager Edwina Guinness
Assistant Stage Managers Gina Bianco, Sarah Stait



Robert Menzies makes Scrooge’s enlightenment an infectious pleasure to observe and when the cast comes together to sing a carol, only the hardest humbugs will be able to resist the desire to join in.

Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald

This delightful production is everything you could possibly want in a Christmas show.

John McCallum | The Australian

…from the opening minutes and the sweet charm of Rodgers’ Cratchit, right through the dark night of Scrooge’s soul searching, to the climactic “God bless us Everyone!” from Tiny Tim, there are many moments of lumps in throat and tears in eyes as well as much laughter.

Diana Simmonds | Stage Noise