What the Dickens!

A Christmas Carol at the Old Kirk
A Christmas Carol at the Old Kirk

THE Old Kirk is to be transformed into a theatre for a special performance of A Christmas Carol.

Charles Dickens’ classic play is being brought to town by the National Theatre for Scotland - the company behind the worldwide hit play ‘Black Watch’ which played to capacity crowds at Rothes Halls last year.

It will be performed in the 800-year old church which will be transformed to host live music and life-size puppets on what is billed as ‘‘a spooky and original’’ performance of Dickens’ fabled tale.

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It will be the only performances staged in the UK - and demand for tickets is expected to be high.

The show, which runs from December 7-30 is backed by On at Fife - which runs the Adam Smith Theatre - Kirkcaldy4All, Kirkcaldy Area Commitee and Celebrating Fife.

Adapted and directed by Graham McLaren, the show, which earned five-star reviews on its debut,will feature a five-strong cast plus puppeteers, and it is recommended for aged eight and over.

Linda Temple, who manages Fife Council’s strategic events investment programme, said: ‘‘It is a unique theatre experience and the only chance in the UK to see it.’’

And town centre bosses see the festive show as a way of bring more people into Kirkcaldy.


Bill Harvey, manager of Kirkcaldy4All said: “High quality events like this contribute much to drive forward our vision of promoting Kirkcaldy town centre as visitor destination.

Frank Chinn, chief executive of ON at Fife believes it will add to the long line of NTS successes at Fife theatres.

“Over the past five years our partnership has brought world-class productions such as Black Watch, Beautiful Burnout, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and 99…100 to Fife.

‘‘The only UK run of the award-winning A Christmas Carol is not to be missed”.