Chichester Festival Youth Theatre present

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Bryony Lavery
Music & Lyrics by Jason Carr
Directed by Dale Rooks & Jake Smith

Festival Theatre
Family Friendly
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It is good to be children sometimes and never better than at Christmas.

Magnificent. Christmas would not be complete if this show is missed

The Argus

A sensation. It is as near faultless as any staging of A Christmas Carol has ever been

West Sussex County Times

A truly unmissable production

The Reviews Hub

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge lives for money; the cold hard currency of gold, and cares not for how it is obtained or how it has crushed his own human spirit. People are worthless; family is a nuisance, employees ungrateful and all no more so than at Christmas when the insanity of love and forgiveness is allowed to run amok. Except, this Christmas Eve is going to be different.

After years of forging the chains in life that he will carry for eternity, Scrooge is visited by three spirits sent to redeem his soul by offering him a vision of what was, what is and what shall be. Will he repent in time and finally understand the true meaning of Christmas?

Dickens’s tale of one man’s search for redemption is brought to life by the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre in this specially written version by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery with music and lyrics by Jason Carr, which charmed audiences in our 2008 production.

Directed by Dale Rooks whose previous credits include the highly acclaimed Running Wild (Festival 2015), and The Hundred and One Dalmatians (Winter 2014) and Jake Smith whose recent credits include Assistant Director on For Services Rendered and Way Upstream (Festival 2015).

Cast & Creatives

Creative team

Cast List

Bryony Lavery


Jason Carr

Music & Lyrics

Dale Rooks


Jake Smith


Colin Billing

Music Director

Simon Higlett

Set Designer

Ryan Dawson Laight

Costume Designer

James Whiteside

Lighting Designer

Gregory Clarke

Sound Designer

Lizzi Gee

Movement Director

Toby Olie

Puppetry Designer & Director




Age Guidance 
Running Time
1 hour 40 minutes including the interval