Simon Callow's A Christmas Carol

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The highly lauded production of A Christmas Carol starring Simon Callow returns to London this Christmas. Directed and designed by Tom Cairns, this one-man show is a magical feat of storytelling and honours one of the most iconic ghost stories ever written. Catch it at the Arts Theatre.

 
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Booking until 12 January 2019
Running Time: 80 minutes

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Box Office:020 7836 8463
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History

Based just around the corner from Leicester Square Tube Station, the Arts Theatre is one of the West End's most intimate venues, often hosting small-scale productions. With a seating capacity of only 350, the 1927 theatre began as a members only club that aired unlicensed performances.

Opening with a revue show called Picnic, the Arts Theatre has housed productions such as the Stokes brothers' Oscar Wilde (1938) and Young Woodley (1928). Both of the latter were sad to be quite controversial, due to themes of sexuality, affairs and underage love. In 1955, the Royal Shakespeare Company's founder, Sir Peter Hall, directed a pivotal production of Waiting for Godot. Hall went on to run the theatre from 1956 to 1959.

Between 1967 and 1999, the Arts Theatre became home to the Unicorn Children's Theatre, whilst hosting plays in the evenings. During this period, Tom Stoppard's Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land ran at the theatre for an accumulative four years.

In more recent years, the Arts Theatre has hosted notable productions such as Seussical (2012 and 2013), The Tailor Made Man (2013) and Storm in a Teacup (2013). The truly terrifying Ghost Stories (2014-2015) followed, with short runs of Bad Jews and Ushers: The Front of House Musical (2015) following. 2015 also saw the West End premiere of smash-hit Green Day musical American Idiot, which ran for an impressive amount of time before embarking on a UK tour.

2016 saw a variety of short-running productions come to the venue, including a Christmas special of The Blues Brothers, Ruby Wax: Sane New World, Gary Sinyor's horrendously reviewed comedy NotMoses, an interactive version of All That Fall, political plays A View from Islington North and children's show Stig of the Dump. Following a UK tour starring Amelia Lily and Newton Faulkner, American Idiot returned to the Arts Theatre for a limited run. 2016 draws to a close with the UK premiere of musical Murder Ballad, starring Kerry Ellis, Ramin Karimloo, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and Norman Bowman. Finally, the Arts Theatre's 2016 season rounded off with Simon Callow's one-man show A Christmas Carol.

2017 saw an Edinburgh Fringe Festival Fringe First winner Dirty Great Love Story come to the Arts Theatre, followed by Nick Newman and Ian Hislop's new play The Wipers Times. Ray Rackham's uplifting musical story based on Judy Garland, Judy!, followed. Further productions included Jon Brittain's Olivier Award-winning transfer of Rotterdam, followed by Lee Tannen's I Loved Lucy, starring Sandra Dickinson. A revival of Waiting for Godot was next at the venue, and Southwark Playhouse's hugely successful cult musical The Toxic Avenger was next.

The year rounded off with children's show Guess How Much I Love You and a residency from the ever-popular Mischief Theatre Company with their newest venture Mischief Movie Night. Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourite SIX played limited Monday performances, followed by the arrival of the touring Small Faces tribute show All or Nothing - The Mod Musical.

2018 continued with a revival of Broadway's Ruthless! The Musical, starring Tracie Bennett, followed by new rock musical Knights of the Rosea return of smash-hit musical SIX and another return of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's The Wipers Times.

Past Shows

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The Wipers Times
(closed 1 Dec 2018)
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SIX
(closed 14 Oct 2018)
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Knights of the Rose
(closed 26 Aug 2018)

 
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Ruthless! The Musical
(closed 23 Jun 2018)
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All or Nothing
(closed 11 Mar 2018)
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Mischief Movie Night
(closed 27 Jan 2018)

 
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SIX
(closed 22 Jan 2018)
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Guess How Much I Love You
(closed 31 Dec 2017)
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The Toxic Avenger
(closed 3 Dec 2017)

 
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Waiting for Godot
(closed 23 Sep 2017)
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I Loved Lucy
(closed 2 Sep 2017)
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Rotterdam
(closed 15 Jul 2017)