Mr Scroggins welcomes you at the door as he checks you off his list before the evening’s spirits aka you the audience enter Scrooges parlour through the mock tavern where you are seated on wooden benches awaiting the evening’s proceedings to begin.
Directed by Tom Bellerby Jacob Marley (Jack Witham) returns from the afterlife in an attempt to try and change Ebeneezer Scrooge’s (Alexander Barclay) miserly ways in Alexander Wrights version of the Charles Dickens classic tale A Christmas Carol.
As you have a good look round the cosey parlour there are bookshelves high on the walls, candles burning and dominating the left-hand side wall is a large black debtors board marked out with a name inside each box with the amount each debtor owes from Oliver Twist to Lady Chlymydia Vicegrip. They are some familiar characters dotted amongst them if you look closely.
The tale of Scrooge follows the novel A Christmas Carol fairly accurately but for just over a two-hour immersive theatre experience it is inevitable some things would need to be cut from the original. However, there is nothing important missing that takes anything away from the enjoyment of the evening.
The evening’s guests are treated to a very generous and tasty Dickensian style Christmas feast from traditional turkey, mutton pies, roasted vegetables, roast potatoes, bread and cranberry sauce and lots of rich gravy there is plenty to share. Just try and leave room for the pudding. It’s certainly not a meal you would expect from such a miser as Scrooge.
Playing parlour games as part of the traditional Christmas is another addition to the evening’s experience. Everyone is encouraged to join in the immersive family-style games and as it’s Christmas they are some well-known carols to sing along with too.
With a selection of smoke effects, moving chairs and silhouette characters added into the production there is a good mixture of entertainment. For a Christmas get together with a difference this certainly would be one occasion you are unlikely to forget soon into the New Year.
Photo credit Brendan Bell.
For further details and tickets please visit the link below
Scrooge’s Parlour – immersive Dinner Theatre
IMMERSIVE LDN, 56 Davies St, Mayfair, London W1K 5HR
020 7836 8463