"Picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December! It's not fair sir d'ye hear me? Just not fair."
"'Tis the season for adaptations of Charles Dickens' immortal A Christmas Carol, and if you think you've seen it all before, just wait until you see Patrick Barlow's new adaptation... True to its source (a ghost story, after all), it has its frightening moments as well, beautifully done. And then there are the small touches that set this adaptation apart from Dickens' original: the occasional anachronistic phrasing, fourth wall disintegration, and a dash of puppetry. No matter how many times you've experienced A Christmas Carol this version is not one to miss."Stage Magazine
"From a certain angle, A Christmas Carol is a story about storytelling... This aspect of the Charles Dickens classic is the driving force behind playwright Patrick Barlow's new adaptation... The entire show is performed by five actors, most of whom play multiple roles. Every time they switch characters, we're reminded that we're watching a live story unfolding in front of us."TDF Stages
"Patrick Barlow injects a lot of humor into the piece. This comedy takes place because Barlow doesn't keep strictly to the original text as he take liberties with language, the situation and, of course, the mood of the play."Saratogian Theatre
"A Christmas Carol focuses on the political and social side of Victorian England, illuminating the joys and holiday traditions more than the religious view. As Scrooge claims at the end, "For we are all of us upon the earth a great family all together, Sir! Are we not dear Bob!," this is an entrancing and enlightened way to get into the spirit of the season."Curtain UP
Christmas Carol, A (Barlow) Script
In this new stage version, Patrick Barlow takes Charles Dickens' classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption, and makes it feel brand new again.