“Christmas Carols” at Ropery Hall

Christmas at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall this year is a feast of all things Charles Dickens with not one but two performances of A Christmas Carol.

On Saturday, December 3, jazz supremo Alan Barnes promises to deliver all the right notes, along with his Octet, with his version of the Victorian classis that promises to be both a family night out and a treat for the jazz connoisseur. “This is a new suite of piece  that is touring for the first time this year,explained Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.  “The evening promises to take the audience through the characters and scenes of A Christmas Carol and there will be readings from the original Dickens story, and after each scene eight virtuoso musicians will bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself!”

“The music and readings inspire the full range of Dickens’s imagination and emotion: from terror and remorse through to love and then irresistible joy,” Liz continued.

The European Arts Theatre Company will be continuing the theme on Saturday, December 17 in a faithful recreation of Dickens’ famous performance of his best-loved and most heart-warming story that has been adapted from his own public reading scripts.

A Christmas Carol was the first public performance that Charles Dickens gave of his work and it was also his last.  He performed it more than 150 times and the effect on the public was phenomenal.

“The audience will be able to experience what it must have been like to be in the audience at one of Dickens’s readings,” Liz said.  “A donation of  £1 from every ticket sold will go to the children’s charity Barnardo’s and there will also be a bucket collection in aid of the same charity on the evening.”

Sue Westbury, Head of Regional Fundraising South, Barnardo’s added: “We are delighted to be working with European Arts Company on A Christmas Carol. We want everyone to get into the Christmas spirit and take their families along to enjoy the production.  Not only that, but it will also help to support the work that we do helping the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children across the UK, as we have done for the past 150 years.”

Tickets to see the Alan Barnes Octet cost £15 in advance or £17 on the door while it will cost £14 in advance of £16 on the door, with £5 student tickets also available to see the European Arts Theatre Company’s production.

Tickets to see either (or both) performances can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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