Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, European Arts Company return to Theatre Severn with their authentic and refreshing adaptation of this timeless tale.

In 1858, Charles Dickens came to Shrewsbury and gave a public reading of A Christmas Carol to rapturous applause.

To celebrate the 160th anniversary of this momentous event, you can experience what it was like to be in the audience. European Arts Company return with a heart-warming evening in the presence of the author himself, as actor John O’Connor faithfully recreates Dickens’ famous performance of his best-loved ghost story.

Tom Paris’s design welcomes audiences into Dickens’s intimate study, a warm inviting environment full of festive cheer and hidden surprises.

Dickens was passionately interested in the welfare of the poor and children in particular and many of his early readings were for charity. Doctor Thomas Barnardo was a friend of Dickens and was inspired to set up his first Ragged School partly as a result of Dickens’ writings and campaigning. This tour is in aid of the children’s charity Barnardo’s.

A Christmas Carol is on at Theatre Severn on Monday, November 12.

Performances start at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets, costing £15.50, are available from www.theatresevern.co.uk or from the Box Office on 01743 281281.