Storyhouse theatre in Chester has announced that A Christmas Carol is to play at the venue this winter.
The new production of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale will run between from November 7, 2020 and January 17, 2021.
A limited capacity audience of 200 will be welcomed each night with social distancing and other safety measures in place.
Tickets are available to book online here from Monday, October 12 with priority booking for members starting on September 18.
Storyhouse’s Artistic Director Alex Clifton, who is both writing and directing the adaptation of Dickens’ best loved story, said: “It’s going to make you cry and giggle your heart out; it’s the ultimate tale of redemption and how Christmas can make us all realise what’s important to us – family and community, something we all need more than ever right now.
"It’s a tale for every generation and hopefully can give us all a joyful taste of our normal lives, as we spend Christmas together at Storyhouse.”
With most other UK venues cancelling their festive productions, CEO Andrew Bentley said: “This is about preserving jobs and serving our community, simple as that.
"Storyhouse was the country’s first theatre, first library and cinema to re-open, we’re doing that because we’re wanted and needed; we can’t expect our city to help us if we’re not prepared to go the distance.”
Bentley continued: “The prospect for the UK’s cultural venues is becoming worse since the summer, with venues opening dates getting pushed further and further back. We expect subsidies to become harder to find as government budgets are harder come by and at the moment 70% of UK theatres are still at risk of extinction beyond Christmas; the danger is they’ll be bailed out in the short term but find they have no audience left.
"We have had over 4,000 new members join us since the summer and we would urge everyone to help save Storyhouse by joining with us at Christmas, we’ll be repaying the love with a cracking family festive show.”