The original 'A Christmas carol' 

FRIDAY 23RD DECEMBER, 2016. 7.30pm  



After sell-out runs of Nick Hennegan's adaptation of Charles Dicken's classic tale,  'A Christmas Carol' in Birmingham and London over the last two years, Maverick Theatre now goes back to the 'original'.

Original - because we are performing in Charles Dickens' beautiful, Grade 2 listed, recently reopened, Fitzrovia Chapel.  The Chapel was part of the formerMiddlesex Hospital and indeed, is the nearest place of worship to the only house in London where Charles Dickens lived twice.  Where he was inspired to write 'Oliver Twist'.

Original - because the first ever live performance of A Christmas Carol was given by Charles Dickens himself!  He became famous and indeed, travelled the world, reading his own works.  We recently found a script especially edited by Dickens for live performance and this is the script we shall use. 

Original - to capture the true essence of Charles Dickens, his London home and the spirit of  A Christmas Carol, we shall be performing it as it would have been seen that first Christmas.  Few tricks or effects.  A pure performance in candlelight.  Although the candles will be electronic to preserve the integrity of the listed building.

Writers of Fitzrovia - a special tour.  

As the perfect accompaniment to our Dickensian Christmas, we are running a special walking tour before the 'main event' celebrating other writers of Fitzrovia and Soho.  It starts at The Wheatsheaf Pub in Rathbone Place at 6pm, and finishes at the Fitzrovia Chapel at 7pm.  In that time you will have seen where Dylan Thomas met his wife, where both Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw lived (the same house!) where Bob Dylan gave his first ever live performance outside of the USA, the story of Three Men In A Boat, where Ian McEwan lived when he wrote his novel 'Saturday' and much more.  If you've already been on our London Literary Pub Crawl, you'll love this.  Although there's fewer pubs!

Tickets are limited and start from £6.


About the Venue - the fitzrovia chapel

This Grade II* listed chapel was once a place of prayer and quiet contemplation for staff and patients of The Middlesex Hospital.  Whilst the hospital itself has made way for new development, the chapel has undergone a £3 million refurbishment.  The chapel opened its doors to the public for the first time since restoration in September 2015, as part of Open House weekend.  The Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation have since been formally handed the building.  The Chapel will be open to the public every Wednesday 11.00-16.00 until 2017.

 This will be a rare opportunity to see the beautiful restoration.