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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol: Cape Town City Ballet is Doing a Beautiful Ballet Production of Charles Dickens Classic Tale

A Christmas Carol

Cape Town City Ballet’s A Christmas Carol is a magical and grand production by South African veteran choreographer Veronica Paeper that remains faithful to the 19th-century novel. This Charles Dickens classic is a festive favourite and tells the story of mean-spirited Scrooge and his road to redemption. A Christmas Carol runs at Artscape Theatre from 8 to 29 December.

A Christmas Carol

A charming ballet rendition of A Christmas Carol

Cape Town City Ballet is adding a fresh Christmas tradition to the festive entertainment calendar this year with a ballet production based on Charles Dickens’ cherished story.

On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is an unpleasant, elderly man who is paid a visit by the Ghost of his dead business partner to tell him that three Spirits will call on him. The Spirit of Christmas Past, The Spirit of Christmas Present and the Spirit of Christmas Future. Each ghost takes Scrooge on a journey through time, showing him scenes from his past, the present, and a possible future if he continues on his current path of greed and cruelty. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder and gentler man. 

In this timeless classic story of the victory of the human spirit over greed, celebrate the joyfulness of youth talent and the magic of the festive season.

Marcel Meyer takes the lead as Scrooge in this ballet production in Cape Town, while Cape Town City Ballet selected a cast of 60 children to showcase the magic of appearing on stage with a professional ballet company and discovering the passion that makes the dance magical.

A Christmas Carol
Veronica Paeper

Special concerts to look out for

A charming children’s stage parade

There’s a once-off children’s stage parade on 23 December.  Children in the audience will be invited onstage with the cast and get goodie bags to celebrate the festive season.

A bumper year-end concert

The company is hosting a special year-end festive performance on 29 December with an additional twenty-minute, ‘Celebratory Encore’ with choreography by Sean Bovim after the performance. Excerpts from some of his works such as Swing Time and Queen @ the Ballet are on the cards. The special offer includes two shows for the price of one, and guests can sip on bubbles during the interval and start greeting the New Year in style.

A Christmas Carol

How to book tickets to see A Christmas Carol

Ticket costs range from R200pp to R400pp, and can be booked via Webtickets or call Artscape-Dial a Seat on 021 421 7695. Discounts are on offer for pensioners, group bookings and Friends of the Ballet members. For further info, please contact Georgina Thomson on 082 570 3083.

Cost: From R200pp to R400pp, book via Webtickets. Children over 5yrs and adults are welcome

When: Running from 8 to 29 December 2023. Evening performances are at 7pm, and matinees at 2pm
Where: Artscape Opera House, D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town

Tel: 021 492 5950
Facebook: @ctcityballet
Instagram: @capetowncityballet