Storyhouse Chester has announced its production of A Christmas Carol is to stream online.
The venue will close its doors from Boxing Day due to lockdown restrictions but the show will go on online.
You'll be able to watch the show online between Boxing Day - Saturday, 26 December and Sunday, 3 January with two shows a day at 3PM and 6PM.
To book for A Christmas Carol live from Storyhouse, go to storyhouse.com/event/a-christmas-carol-live. Tickets are £22.
Chief Executive Andrew Bentley said the company are devastated at the closure but will refuse to be bowed by events: "We nearly made it, just four days short of kicking 2020 out of the door to where it belonged.
"We’ve basically sold out every show until new year, so perversely this is an opportunity for the many thousands who couldn’t get a ticket to see Alex’s gorgeous and heart-warming Christmas show, but now in the comfort and safety of their own home. We took time in the November closure to rehearse filming this show, it looks and sounds beautiful, and of course it has the unique advantage of being 100% live”
“There’s nothing like a live show at Christmas. It’s not the easiest or lowest cost option, but this way we keep true to Christmas whilst providing work for our actors and some joy for our community.”
A Christmas Carol is both written and directed by Storyhouse’s own Artistic Director Alex Clifton, who explains the impact on the acting company and other colleagues: “for the entire team here - our baristas, cinema teams, actors, library staff, stage managers – this is a stomach punch. But we count ourselves lucky to have been open for so long and have made it to Christmas Day itself. Christmas wasn’t cancelled at Storyhouse and we know how fortunate we are in that – it’s made vital employment for so many freelancers, whose incomes have been hit hardest.”
“We remain hopeful: that’s our job, but it’s also the rational option. We’ll stream live from Storyhouse each day to bring joy; we’ll continue to connect people in any way we can. We’ll move our community programmes back online, and through A Christmas Carol reach out farther than we ever have before. We’ve already found new audiences in France and America thanks to our live streaming: this is a unique chance for Chester to connect internationally and proudly share our stories overseas, as well as reaching shielding and isolated communities in our own neighbourhood.”
The charity is already making its live streams available free of charge to care homes and to the vulnerable at Christmas and has provided a way of nominating individuals who are alone. To find out more about how you can nominate visit storyhouse.com/thank-you-tickets-for-care-homes.