A Christmas Carol

by Patrick Barlow, adapted from the story by Charles Dickens

Showing 22 November 2019 – 11 January 2020

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Patrick Barlow

Patrick Barlow


Patrick Barlow is an actor, director and writer for theatre, film, television and radio.
This version of A Christmas Carol opened offBroadway in 2015 and in the West End in 2016 at the Noël Coward Theatre with Jim Broadbent as Scrooge.
Besides A Christmas Carol, his four-person The 39 Steps played in the West End for nine years and over forty countries world-wide, winning him Olivier, Tony, Helpmann and Molière Awards. Patrick’s other plays include his four-person version of Ben-Hur for the Kiln and Watermill, his adaptation of John Milton’s Comus for Shakespeare’s Globe and his marital oratorio How To Deal With Being Dumped on national and US tours. He is also celebrated for his two-man theatre company The National Theatre of Brent, which has appeared in the UK and Europe in theatre, television and on radio. Their many comedy epics include The Messiah, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Charles and Diana Story, The Wonder of Sex, The Arts and How They Was Done and Zulu! They have won two Sony Gold Awards for Best Radio Comedy, a Premier Ondas Award for Best European Comedy and the New York Festival Gold Award for Best Comedy. Patrick’s screenwriting includes The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole; The True Adventures of Christopher Columbus; Queen of the East with Jennifer Saunders; Van Gogh (Prix Futura Berlin Film Festival); Revolution!! (Best Comedy Jerusalem Film Festival); BAFTA-winning Young Visiters with Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent. His screen and theatre acting credits include A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; Loot; Wind in the Willows (National Theatre); Absolutely Fabulous; Jam and Jerusalem; Shakespeare in Love; Notting Hill; Bridget Jones; Nanny McPhee; most recently A Very English Scandal. Publications include Shakespeare: The Truth! and The Complete History of the Whole World.