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Matt Borgatti, Stage One investment recipient, brings new adaptation of A Christmas Carol to life

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 10 November 2021, Last Updated 16 November 2021

This festive season, in the magnificent unique setting of the Painted Hall, known as Britain’s Sistine Chapel, Goblin Theatre will present a vibrant new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s spooky classic tale A Christmas Carol. Running throughout December on selected dates, this atmospheric musical show, featuring original songs and music, will be performed live by a talented cast of actor musicians.

This new adaptation has been produced by Matt Borgatti who recently secured a Stage One small scale commercial investment to help support the production. Stage One is a charity that supports commercial theatre producers across the UK and The Society of London Theatre, the not-for-profit organisation that runs Official London Theatre, has been one of their integral supporters since it began over 40 years ago.

Inspired by the Old Royal Naval College’s Dickensian links – the author was a fan of Greenwich and often featured the area in his books – Goblin Theatre’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol evokes the historical figures and ‘ghosts’ of the Painted Hall to bring this iconic ghost story to life. This fast-paced, funny and spooky show is the perfect festive treat for all the family this Christmas.

Live music is integral to this exciting new production and Fezziwig’s party transforms the Painted Hall into a real-life ceilidh with the cast performing the songs live. The cast is comprised of Victoria Boyce (Father Christmas at the Hall, Royal Albert Hall), Matt Burns (Once, UK tour), Niccolò Curradi (La Strada, UK tour/The Other Palace), Rob Gathercole (The Ballad of Rudy, Goblin Theatre) and Mia Jerome (The Lost Lending Library, Punchdrunk). This thrilling site-specific production is directed by Andrew Barry (Royal Exchange Theatre Elders Company), with music by Goblin Theatre’s resident composers Mary Erskine and Will Dollard, and book by Goblin Theatre’s Artistic Director Matt Borgatti. The Painted Hall Café is offering special Christmas treats before and after the show.

Artistic Director Matt Borgatti comments, The production is very much set in the Painted Hall, and although we travel through time and space, it’s the place we return to throughout the show. This is one of our biggest shows yet, and we’re so delighted to be able to introduce our work to new audiences in Greenwich and beyond.


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