A Christmas Carol – 15 December


Using the script and acting directions developed by Dickens himself, Edinburgh Fringe legend Pip Utton recreates the most popular of Dickens’ public readings in this almost totally candlelit performance of A Christmas Carol in the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum.

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“I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.”

So Dickens described what has become one of the best loved of all Christmas stories. During the last twelve years of his life Charles Dickens toured Britain and the USA reading his writings professionally to his adoring public. The most popular of all these readings was ‘A Christmas Carol’. In this almost totally candlelit performance Pip Utton recreates those readings using the adaptation of the story made and used by Charles Dickens himself. There are no modern theatrical devices such as sound or lighting effects. The power of the writing is brought to life by the power of the performance.

“A masterful performance. Pip Utton IS Charles Dickens” – Edinburghreview.com Pip Utton

This performance will be taking place in the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum bringing together two nineteenth century giants of literature and literacy, Charles Dickens through his extraordinary body of work and Andrew Carnegie through the establishment of 2500 public libraries, the first of which opened in Dunfermline in August 1883.


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A Christmas Carol - 15 December

A Christmas Carol – 15 Dec

Event Details

Date: 15 December 2023

Start time: 19:30 GMT

End time: 21:30 GMT

Venue: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum