A Christmas Carol at Titchfield Festival Theatre

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The familiar story of a cold-hearted, tight-fisted and greedy miser unfolds within fantastically Dickensian surroundings here at Titchfield Festival Theatre.

With a backdrop of exposed brick and glowing candlelight, the audience are invited, by a rather Ray Winstone-esque narrator, into the cold, dark and lonely world of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Kevin Fraser, who not only designed the ingenious set and directed the show, seems to relish playing Scrooge and is supported ably by an enthusiastic cast.

Christmas Past, portrayed with authority and aplomb by Peter Trott, shows Scrooge all that has come to pass. The Fezziwig scenes were particularly jovial with plenty of singing and dancing, adding much needed warmth and colour to the well-known story.

The undoubted star of the show, however, is a certain Dan Scott, who performs with such vigour and gusto; it is a pleasure to behold and who’s singing prompted spontaneous applause.

Despite a few set wobbles and unfortunate technical hitches, this production is well paced, good old fashioned, festive fun in keeping with traditional Christmas spirit – no pun intended. And if you are lucky you may even get a mince pie!

Until Saturday.