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London Palladium

Argyll Street W1A 3AB

Scrooge - The Musical

London Palladium 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 London Palladium photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008

Show Details

Preview 24th Oct 12
Opens 6th Nov 12
Closes 12th Jan 13

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Thurs & Sat 3.00 pm
See booking page for extra Christmas shows

Length of show - 2hrs 20mins

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




  • Scrooge - Tommy Steele

  • Director - Bob Tomson
  • Design - Paul Farnsworth
  • Lighting - Nick Richings
  • Choreography - Lisa Kent
  • Sound - Ben Harrison
  • Illusions - Paul Kieve
  • Producer - Bill Kenwright
Scrooge - Happy


A Christmas Ghost Story

"I hope to live to be another man from what I was" (Scrooge)

More than 250 movie, TV, and stage adaptations of Dickens’ ever popular Christmas story have culminated in the Tommy Steele production at the london Palladium. The many versions have changed themes over the years. In the first edition of Dickens's book 'A Christmas Carol'. Ebenezer's transformation was depicted as a merry gentleman doing a jig to the fiddle.

Scrooge - First Edition

Alistair Sim's classic rendition showed him as miserable when he was being mean and happier when he beheld the results of his own generosity.

Scrooge - ObsessedThis latest - the musical spends the first half chewing the fat of the cruelty he had imposed on the people around him - not least of which were the people who had been 'forced' by circumstances beyond their control to borrow money from the local moneylender.   He was singularly nasty to them all.  His only love was for his rising hoard of money.

"It should be Christmas Day, I am sure," said she, "on which one drinks the health of such an odious, stingy, hard, unfeeling man as Mr Scrooge".(Dickens)

Above all he was mean. He had seen it for himself  in his visions of ghosts who spoke to him and showed him the real effect of his niggardly and parsimonious ways on his dead partner, his clerk's family and the 'hard luck look from everybody he met'

Like all Dickens's often lengthy allegories, underlying his books, it had a profound effect on the English way of life and it's safe to say that most human beings (I can't speak for the psychopaths among us) don't act like Scrooge in their personal lives.  They leave that role to the bankers who rule the judiciary and most politicians.aided of course by their mechanistic robots behind the scenes.

Scrooge - MeanOn the street though the word 'scrooge' entered the English language to mean the mean ways of the character in the play.
Tommy Steele plays the part with Victorian gusto and does the change from mean to natural happiness in his usual dynamic and optimistic style.  Some say he overdid it however, like the engraving in the book, Scrooge danced.

Dickens affected the way of the English Christmas.  Indeed Dickens listed the Christmas fare and foliage in the book:

"Holly, mistletoe, red berries, ivy, turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, meat, pigs, sausages, oysters, pies, puddings,fruit, and punch".

Equally he made some declarations that have been waived as the norm in recent times for example:

"it was a shame to quarrel upon Christmas Day. And so it was! God love it, so it was!"(Dickens)

The Story

A man long reputed to be mean learns the truth and sees his own life - thanks to some heavy feedback from some ghosts - in another light enough to change his ways for his own happiness as well as for those around him. He simply started to delight in giving the right thing appropriate to the circumstances.

Scrooge - Ghost Christmas Past

Good message However the good cheer of the cast could turn out to be more like saying 'happy xmas' by text were the initial impression to be taken seriously.  More attention to the change due to a catalytic experience could be given although the stage effects were highly praised. Tommy Steel's natural bounce rather overtook the the deeper WAY a person can redeem their own lives other than solely looking pleased and swinging along hoping for the best.

The message of Dickens's book - itself full of tinsel and smiles in the happy bits - did point out something that requires at least some of the gravitas imparted by the ghost of Christmas Future.

A perfect opportunity for parents to take their children AND translate the problems of hoarding cash by depriving others into the modern day. This musical is not about the evils of money - there's nothing wrong with money as such - just what some mistaken folk do with it.  Which folk? Probably it will be the children who will point some things out to their parents after seeing this one.

© 2017 Updated 16th Jan 2013