Windsor Castle will be the majestic setting for nine performances of Charles Dickens’ timeless A Christmas Carol this festive period.
Presented by theatre company Watch Your Head, the family-friendly, immersive performances of the much-loved story tale of Scrooge and his ghostly visitors will be staged in the rooms where the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret performed Christmas pantomimes during the Second World War.
Tailor-made for the regal setting, and using Dickens’ own words from his public readings of the classic story, the family-friendly production will feature live music and immersive elements.
Beginning on 16 December, the nine evening performances of the show will include a press night on 20 December and final performance on 30 December.
Forming part of a programme of Victorian-themed activities at Windsor Castle over the Christmas period, the audience will be transported back in time as they accompany Ebenezer Scrooge from the castle gates to the Waterloo Chamber where Jacob Marley will await to initiate Scrooge’s eventful night of ghostly encounters.
Directed by Watch Your Head co-founder Sasha McMurray, with costumes designed by Annina Pfeul and an original score by Joseph Reuben, A Christmas Carol will feature a cast of actors and musicians in a spectacular show which will conclude with a finale in St George’s Hall where the audience will celebrate Scrooge’s new found festive spirit beneath Windsor Castle’s stunning Christmas tree.
Announcing the unique version of Dickens’ 1843 classic, Jemima Rellie, the director of content and audiences at Royal Collection Trust, the department of the Royal Household responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and the official residencies of The Queen, said: “Windsor Castle at Christmastime evokes images of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their young family celebrating around the Christmas tree.
“As part of our Victorian-themed festive programme, we are excited to be staging an immersive Christmas performance in the State Apartments for the first time, and are sure that audiences will enjoy a unique experience that they will treasure for years to come.”
Producer and co-founder of Watch Your Head, Sara Langridge, said: “We are so delighted to continue our relationship with Royal Collection Trust in this way – A Christmas Carol really is the perfect story for this magical place and we can’t wait for audiences of all ages to share this wonderful experience at Windsor Castle.”
Their third collaboration with Royal Collection Trust, Watch Your Head’s A Christmas Carol will follow on from their recently staged immersive performances of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Castle’s Moat Garden and Popup Cinderella in the Waterloo Chamber.