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A Christmas Carol
Adapted and performed by Clive Francis
TOUR DATES CHRISTMAS 2018
LONDON
Coronet Print Room
Notting Hill Gate
12-14 December
7.00pm
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LONDON
St Mary’s Church
Church Street
Twickenham
TW1 3NJ
Wednesday 19 December
7.00pm
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BIRMINGHAM
Town Hall
Sunday 23 December
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AN INTERVIEW WITH CLIVE FRANCIS
TRAILER
PAST TOUR DATES
2017
BIRMINGHAM
Birmingham Town Hall
Sunday 17 December SOLD OUT

GUILDFORD
Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Wednesday 20th December, 8pm
Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd December, 6pm & 8pm SOLD OUT
Sunday 24th December, 6pm SOLD OUT
Tuesday 26th December, 6pm & 8pm SOLD OUT

2016
BATH
Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal
Saturday 2nd January, 2.30pm and 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Sunday 3rd. 1.30 & 5.00pm SOLD OUT

2015
RICHMOND SURREY
Orange Tree Theatre
Sunday 13th December
5pm & 7.30pm SOLD OUT

GUILDFORD
Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Mon  21st December, 8pm SOLD OUT
Tues 22nd December, 6pm & 8pm SOLD OUT
Wed  23rd December, 6pm & 8pm SOLD OUT
Thurs 24th December, 6pm   SOLD OUT
Sat 26th December, 6pm & 8pm SOLD OUT

LES CABANNES, FRANCE
Theatre le Columbier
Thursday 17th December 7.30pm

BIRMINGHAM
Town Hall
Sunday 20th December 8pm

GUILDFORD
Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Mon  21st December, 8pm SOLD OUT
Tues 22nd December, 6pm & 8pm SOLD OUT
Wed  23rd December, 6pm & 8pm SOLD OUT
Thurs 24th December, 6pm   SOLD OUT
Sat 26th December, 6pm & 8pm SOLD OUT

A sleight of hand in which, before our very eyes,
he fills an empty stage with an entire Dickensian landscape.
Simply magic!
Alan Ayckbourn

A wonderful, wonderful Scrooge.
John Mortimer

★★★★★
...performance of his career...
Daily Telegraph

★★★★★
...touches the heart...
Independent

★★★★★
...wondrous old skinflint...
The Daily mail

★★★★★
Spellbinding!
The Sunday Times

★★★★★
This astonishing actor was superb and Birmingham's tightly packed Town Hall
thronged to shouts of 'bravo'.
Birmingham Post

★★★★★
Clive Francis’ storytelling is as fresh, ingenious and enthralling as if it had only this minute sprung to life.
The Irish Times

★★★★★
Clive Francis has put together the definitive version of A Christmas Carol
and I never ever want to see another.
This is The One.
Remotegoat

★★★★★
Clive Francis' Scrooge is the best!
Birmingham Mail

★★★★★
Francis gives an invigorated, immaculate and heart-warmig account of A Christmas Carol.
Despite fears that a modern audience does not have the attention span for a 70 minute storytelling,
this performance will enrapture the most nomadic of minds.
The Irish Sunday Times

★★★★★
The splendid array of melodrama, comedy and rapport with the audience
carries the packed house along on at a good pace which never falters.
What's On Stage

★★★★★
Francis got through to my flinty heart and gave it a resonating tap -
the magic of Dickens' story invigorated my waning Christmas spirit,
and it's Francis' marvellous adaptation and performance that made that happy.
So less of the "bah, humbug" - if you want some classic Christmas cheer,
Francis is the person to give it to you.
One Stop Arts.

REVIEW DECEMBER 2018
A Christmas Carol
adapted and
performed by Clive Francis
Birmingham Town Hall

★★★★★
“Clive Francis’ dynamic one-man performance ‘A Christmas Carol’ demonstrates that Charles Dickens’ iconic festive fiction has lost none of its potency or relevance for our world today”

A sparse set, free from the holly wreaths and Christmas dressings described in the 19th-century press, is decorated only through the joint imaginative efforts of Francis and his audience, his performance of a grieving Bob (Cratchit) struggling to stay composed is enough to break your heart. Francis' skill as a storyteller enables him to speak to everyone. [His] merriment is infectious, and his Christmas wishes to us all demand to be shared.

Heather Kincaid, ‘What’s On’

REVIEW DECEMBER 2018
A Christmas Carol
adapted and
performed by Clive Francis
Coronet Theatre

★★★★★
“Clive Francis is spellbinding”

He singlehandedly recreates an entire Dickens novel. By turns gripping, mesmerising, haunting and very movingly he manages in 70 enthralling minutes to construct a whimsical kind of masque.

Like a solitary Beckett character, he makes us believe in whatever scene Dickens conjures up, whether its Scrooge on his own in his house, or with Bob Cratchit in the office, or watching scenes from past, present and future with the spirit of Christmas, it is all done so convincingly that we willingly suspend our disbelief. It’s a marvellous achievement. In the setting of the Coronet Theatre and with a portrait of the great man himself hovering all the while over Francis’s head it’s the nearest any of us will get to experiencing Dickens himself read A Christmas Carol.

John O’Brien - LondonTheatre1.com

★★★★★
“Francis’ conviction sees many of us craning to check that there isn’t a haunting figure lurking stage left”

‘Bah! Humbug!’ So one might say of A Christmas Carol, a story so well-known as to risk being hackneyed (indeed, this is one of several London Christmas Carols running in 2018). Despite this being a tale many audience members must know well, this one-man performance by Clive Francis still manages to surprise and move. An extremely pacey seventy-minute rendition sees us rattle through a merry cast of characters, with Francis seeming to transform before our very eyes. So speedy is the delivery that an actor with less-than-perfect diction would risk losing the audience amidst the occasional density of the Dickensian language. That the production remarkably manages to avoid mawkishness, is credit to the utter class of the staging and actor.

As a seasonal night out, this can’t be beat. What could be more festive than a viewing of the archetypal Christmas tale replete with snowy trees, flickering candles and the scent of mulled wine? The Coronet makes for the perfect setting, with its air of faded grandeur and peeling paint only adding to the ambiance.

Abi Davies – thespyinthestalls.com