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Loyola Theatre Breathes New Life Into Dickens’ Words with Neil Bartlett’s A Christmas Carol

Loyola press release - November 6, 2006

(New Orleans)–Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts and Dance presents a freshly dark production of A Christmas Carol honoring Dickens’ original text. In the introduction to this newest version of this Dickens classic, Neil Bartlett explains why this adaptation is unique, “…the first decision I made when making this piece was that I wanted to do this great story without the sentimental upholstery that drags our ideas of the Dickensian down into theatrical cliché. I wanted to do it using Dickens’ words and nothing but.”

Bartlett’s version is the only published version of the play to use nothing but Dickens’ original language. Director Richard Holden says, “As far as we know, this is one of only about a dozen productions of this version to be mounted worldwide since its introduction at London’s Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in 2003. It certainly is one of the only university productions to be mounted.”

This production has 17 actors playing 58 roles. The concept and design elements intertwine 1840s London with timeless New Orleans flair. It is full of familiar carols and rife with child pleasing spectacle and spookery. Yes, it is a classic Christmas story but it is also most definitely a ghost story. It is more than ever about the value of love, and human connection.

A Christmas Carol will run in the Marquette Theatre at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, on November 10,11,16,17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and November 12 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12, general admission and $7, students and senior citizens. Group rates are available. Please call (504) 865-2074 for information.

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