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A Christmas Carol at the Rose Theatre

Posted: 8th December 2022

Years 3,4,5 and 6 made a trip to the Rose Theatre (KT1 2NN) in Kingston on Monday 5 December. They went to see the ever famous ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. Walking from Avenue Elmers to Kingston, the boys were shivering with excitement as they marched along the River Thames on their way to the theatre.

‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens is about a man called Scrooge who was a very successful businessman with an abundance of money. He was extremely grouchy and was not at all charitable as he refused to give to the poor. Even on Christmas Eve and Day! Believe it or not, he would work on these festive days. Then one day he was visited by the spirit of his dead business partner, Marley. Marley warned him of what he would become if he carried on in his bad ways and he would be visited by three spirits.

The Rose Theatre portrayed and adapted Charles Dickens’ masterpiece splendidly, occasionally making the boys erupt in laughter or awe. Out of the blue, the play suddenly stopped and… ICE CREAM TIME! The ice cream was vegan vanilla (if you’re interested). The remainder of the show included the spirits of Christmas present and Christmas future. Finally, Ebenezer Scrooge felt the buzz of Christmas, started jumping on the bed, and donated a chunk of his money to the less fortunate! With that the show ended and the Rose Theatre erupted with applause!

Next up, we interview Ralph of 6TS

Interviewer: Jack

What did you think of the play?

I thought it was breathtaking. I also loved the interaction before the play: they sung Christmas Carols and looked like Victorian beggars as it got us in the festive mood. I thought it was really cool how there was a projected clock which spun when the characters went back in time. It also had Marley and Scrooge written at the top, with Roman numerals as well. The animation was awesome, especially when Scrooge’s brother fell through the ice.

What did think of the set up of the Rose Theatre?

I liked how there were steps leading down on to the stage and you could high five the characters as they ran on the stage, like Sonic the Hedgehog. You could interact with them (Charles Dickens especially). My favourite part was (I know this may sound rather sad and wrong) when the kid died, Scrooge’s brother I think, because he went on the ice and Ebenezer didn’t tell him he would fall. Then the clock showed an animation of the ice cracking.. I thought they really reflected the mood.

What did you think of the ice cream during the break?

Oh my goodness, that ice cream was amazing. It was vegan, dairy free and then it was scrumptious and creamy. You just can’t go wrong with that, am I right? And it was VANILLA – my favourite flavour ever. You can’t get enough of it.

As you can see, the boys had loads of fun at the theatre!

Special thanks to:

All of the teachers and…

Ralph  for the fantastic interview!


By Atharv (6TS) and Jack (6TS)

Categories: Boys' Prep School
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