Society celebrate Dicken’s birthday

112797-14_MY_xmas _carol'Portchester Parish Hall, rehearsals of A Christmas Carol by the South Downe Musical Society.'L-R, Matt Sackman ('ghost of christmas present') and Paul Tulley - 'Scrooge'.'Pic Mick Young'31/10/11
112797-14_MY_xmas _carol'Portchester Parish Hall, rehearsals of A Christmas Carol by the South Downe Musical Society.'L-R, Matt Sackman ('ghost of christmas present') and Paul Tulley - 'Scrooge'.'Pic Mick Young'31/10/11
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For over a hundred years Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol has been transformed into blockbuster films, and innovative stage productions.

The city is even holding a number of events to celebrate the famous author’s 200th birthday in February 2012.

But South Downe Musical Society has decided to celebrate slightly early, and perform A Christmas Carol: The Musical at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, in recognition of the literacy figure.

Starring Guide Award winner Paul Tully as Scrooge, it tells the story of a stingy businessman who shuts himself away during the festive period, and has no place for kindness in his heart as others suffer.

That is until he is visited by three ghosts; the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmases to come.

First published in 1843, it has been credited with restoring the festival holiday to one of family and generosity, and not the period of sobriety it had become in the early Victorian period.

The musical version of the Christmas tale first appeared in 1974 in North Carolina, America and has since has numerous adaptions for the stage, including the most recent tour by The Pantaloons theatre company in the winter of 2010.

The production runs from November 8-12.

Tickets cost £11 to £14 from the Kings Theatre, Southsea on (023) 9282 8282 or go to kings-southsea.com.