A Merry Little Christmas Celebration

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Prepare to unwrap Christmas with a delightfully festive evening of seasonal words and music.

Simon Callow makes a welcome return to Chichester to share some favourite yuletide poems and prose including an extract from his celebrated one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic tale A Christmas Carol

West End singers Rebecca Trehearn, Emmanuel Kojo and Rebecca Caine, matched with five fine musicians, will join CFT Artistic Director Daniel Evans and a special surprise guest each night for a range of traditional carols and festive favourites: from In the Bleak Midwinter, O Holy Night and Shepherd’s Pipe Carol to White Christmas, Sleigh Ride and, of course, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

A Merry Little Christmas will be a joyous and heartwarming start to the season, with a free glass of mulled wine or fruit punch for every member of the audience. The performance on Friday 4 December will also be live streamed for audiences at home.

Simon Callow is an acclaimed actor, writer and director, whose films include Amadeus, Four Weddings and A Funeral, A Room With A View and Shakespeare in Love. He has written extensively about Charles Dickens as well as portraying him on screen.

Rebecca Caine’s career has been divided between opera (including Glyndebourne and ENO) and musical theatre. She created the role of Cosette in Les Misérables; other West End appearances include The Phantom of the Opera and My Fair Lady.

Emmanuel Kojo was nominated for a UK Theatre Award for his role as Jud Fry in CFT’s Oklahoma! (2019); his other musical credits include Girl from the North Country, The Scottsboro Boys and Show Boat.

Rebecca Trehearn’s many West End appearances include Show Boat (Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical), City of Angels and Ghost; she’s also a frequent guest on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.

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Our programmes are designed to be the perfect insightful companion to the production. Read some highlights from classic literature celebrating the festive season and take part in our fun Christmas trivia quiz! The programme also contains details of the songs and readings included in the performance and biographies of the performers.

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Cast & Creatives


  • Rebecca Caine

  • Simon Callow

  • Daniel Evans

  • Emmanuel Kojo

  • Rebecca Trehearn


Pricing Information

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Performance description Price Bands
  • Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Groups 8+: 10% off
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members: Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • Donate a Seat: To help us get back to full strength as soon as we can, please consider supporting us by donating an empty seat for £10. Every pound you donate will help to support the Theatre’s activities, as well as our employment of freelance artists during the pandemic. Thank you for your support.

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Running Time
Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including an interval