Reviving a spooky Christmas tradition

Though ghost stories are now associated with Halloween, they were once more closely linked to another holiday. Traditionally, it was Christmas that was considered the best time of year for sharing terrifying tales.

A Christmas Carol is a ghost story.
Image (C) Tim Morozzo
There’s nothing better on a cold evening when the nights draw in than getting together for some good old-fashioned storytelling. December is also a time when we reflect on the past year, looking back and remembering people and places that are no longer with us. So, it’s not surprising that one of the most famous Christmas stories of all - A Christmas Carol - is a ghost story.

 Scrooge is visited by some supernatural spirits, who teach him the true meaning of Christmas
The tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge on a spooky tale of seasonal redemption. It is probably Dickens best known ghost story, although his fascination with spirits and the supernatural led him to write about phantoms in many of his other books including The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain and A Trial For Murder.

Here's a look at the ghosts of A Christmas Carol:

The Ghost of Jacob Marley
The Ghost of Christmas Past
The Ghost of Christmas Present
The Ghost of Christmas Future

Our current production celebrates this yuletide tradition as it 'relies on the magic of storytelling' (Broadway World). Nikola Kodjabashia's 'magnificent sound design' (The Scotsman) is performed live on stage by the actors using various instruments and voices transporting you to Dickensian London, whilst Rachael Canning's 'fabulous puppets' (The Herald) are brought to life by the 'excellent ten-strong ensemble' (Reviewsphere).

So, why not revive old traditions and get into the spirit this season with a ghostly tale. Our five-star production of A Christmas Carol runs at Tramway until 6 Jan. BOOK NOW

A Christmas Carol is sponsored by Urban Union.