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A Christmas Carol
Paperback, 144 pages ISBN: 9781848426672Publication Date:
7 Dec 2017
Size: 198mm x 129mm
A4 Spiral-bound, 288 pages ISBN: 9781839041662Publication Date:
7 Dec 2017
Size: 297mm x 210mm£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)
Ebook, 144 pages ISBN: 9781780019994Publication Date:
7 Dec 2017
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2017

A Christmas Carol (RSC stage version)

By Charles Dickens Adapted by David Edgar


A4 Spiral-bound £14.99£11.99

Ebook £10.99£8.79

One ghostly Christmas night, coldhearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge gets the fright of his life, discovers the truth about himself, and learns to love his neighbour.

This adaptation by David Edgar of the Charles Dickens classic – one of the best-loved stories ever written – rediscovers the social conscience of the timeless tale.

It was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon for Christmas 2017, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh. The smash-hit, critically acclaimed production was revived in 2018, and again in 2022, with Adrian Edmondson in the role of Scrooge.

A4 Edition also available

This play is also available as an A4 Edition, offering spiral binding, a larger print size and additional space for notes. To order the play in this format, simply select the 'A4 Spiral-bound' option above. Please note A4 Editions are only available for delivery within the UK.

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Press Quotes

'David Edgar gave the RSC one of its biggest hits in its history with his eight-and-a-half-hour adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby... Now, forty years on, he has set to work on A Christmas Carol... a magnificent achievement'


'David Edgar's new version for the RSC... goes back beyond the sanitised version in popular consciousness to what Dickens actually wrote, and why'

Financial Times

'Dickens's message about the need to treat poverty as a rectifiable evil rather than a moral failing comes through loud and clear'


'David Edgar cleverly ups the politics... A festive show that doesn't shirk from emphasising Dickens's still topical point'

Sunday Times

'This family show radiates old-fashioned comfort and joy'

Mail on Sunday

'David Edgar's adaptation retains the overall message of redemption while introducing a lot of humour as a counterpoint to the social commentary… dark, yet heartwarming'

The Reviews Hub

'This politically charged new version feels both plausibly Victorian and sharply relevant'

Evening Standard

'A mix of wit and grit… a Christmas stocking of a show: full of goodies alongside an evergreen message about the importance of empathy'

The Stage

'A festive delight… Edgar's adaptation lacks none of the textural depth and emotional resonance of Dickens' original piece of social commentary… entertaining, lively and full of fun'


'An inventive version of Dickens's great seasonal fable… you would have to be quite a Scrooge not to fall for it'

The Times
Paperback,144 pages ISBN: 9781848426672Publication Date:
7 Dec 2017
Size: 198mm x 129mm
A4 Spiral-bound,288 pages ISBN: 9781839041662Publication Date:
7 Dec 2017
Size: 297mm x 210mm£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)
Ebook,144 pages ISBN: 9781780019994Publication Date:
7 Dec 2017
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Charles Dickens:

Great Expectations
The Haunting
Christmas Carol: A Fairy Tale
A Christmas Carol
Great Expectations
A Tale of Two Cities
David Copperfield
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story

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Also by David Edgar:

The Prisoner's Dilemma
Maydays & Trying It On: two plays
Albert Speer
Mothers Against
If Only
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Testing the Echo
Arthur & George
Daughters of the Revolution
How Plays Work
The Shape of the Table
The Master Builder
A Time to Keep
Continental Divide: two plays
Written on the Heart
Edgar: Shorts
Playing With Fire
Trying It On

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