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    Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol

    8 Dec 2022 –⁠ 8 Jan 2023, 2.30pm, 3pm & 7.30pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Performance & dance
    £18.50 ⁠–⁠ £120
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    Actors on stage set of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol

    This Christmas, Dickens’ tale gets a Tennessee twist in an all-new musical with a soundtrack written by the Queen of Country herself.

    Please note that Dolly Parton is not appearing live in this production.

    Set during the 1930s in the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee, this heart-warming and truly unforgettable production imagines Ebenezer Scrooge as the owner of a mining company town, where his callous greed blinds him to the joys and gifts of the season.

    As a Christmas Eve snowstorm approaches, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts who compel him to see life anew and discover that love is the greatest and most precious gift we have.

    Dickens’ classic characters and Parton’s one-of-a-kind songwriting and storytelling expertise are certain to make this the most joyful Christmas event.

    Dolly Parton: ‘I’ve been busy writing new songs that I hope will bring some of the warmth, love and good memories that I have of Christmas time in the smoky mountains of my youth.’

    Presented in association with Fiery Angel Entertainment

    Alison Pollard director & choreographer 

    Andrew Hilton musical director 

    Scott Davis set designer 

    David Howe lighting designer 

    Richard Brooker sound designer 

    Linda Roethke costume designer 

    Eleanor Kahn props designer 

    Pearson Casting casting director 

    Andrew Margerison assistant director & choreographer 

    Leigh Thompson associate musical director

    Kelsh Buckman Drudge associate sound designer 

    Robert Bathurst Scrooge 

    Halle Brown Sadie & others 

    Iona Fraser Eliza & others 

    Richard J Hunt Mudge & others 

    George Maguire Cratchit / Marley & others 

    Ediz Mahmut Jabeth & others 

    Sarah O'Connor Fanny & others 

    Christopher Parkinson swing 

    Minal Patel Fustbunch / Ghost of Christmas Present & others 

    Annie Southall swing 

    Carole Stennett Ghost of Christmas Past / Mrs Dilber & others 

    Vicki Lee Taylor Mrs Cratchit / Amy Sue & others 

    Danny Whitehead Fred / Eben & others 

    Mitchell Zhangazha Dick & others 

    Martyn Sands production manager 

    Lydia Hardiman costume supervisor 

    Lizzie Frankl for Propworks props supervisor 

    Richard Morris for Music Solutions orchestral management 

    Sarah Walley company manager 

    Maikel Bellanco stage manager 

    Rebecca Snell deputy stage manager 

    Jess Hardcastle assistant stage manager

    Merlin O'Brien sound no 1 

    Tolley Angell lead chaperone

    Need to know

    Age recommendation

    For ages 8+

    The performance on Thursday 15 December at 7.30pm is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

    To book tickets for these services, call our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or email [email protected].

    Audio Description is available during the performance on Thursday 22 December at 7.30pm. To use this service, please let a member of the team know when you arrive so that we can organise a headset for you.

    A Touch Tour is also available before this performance. To attend the Touch Tour, please arrive at the Ticket Office, Queen Elizabeth Hall, at 6pm.

    Touch Tours give people the opportunity to touch the sets, props and costumes to familiarise themselves ahead of the performance, and may be particularly good for blind and partially-sighted visitors.

    You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email.
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    Please note that strobe-like effects, loud noises and light haze are used during this performance.

    Latecomers will have to wait for an appropriate moment to enter the auditorium, so please make sure you arrive on time.

    The run time for the show is expected to be 2 hours and 20 minutes, including an interval.
    Act 1: 1 hour 5 mins Interval: 20 minutes Act 2: 55 minutes

    Dates & times

    8 Dec 2022 –⁠ 8 Jan 2023, 2.30pm, 3pm & 7.30pm

    Approximate run time: 2 hours 20 mins, including an interval.

    Act 1: 1 hour 5 mins

    Interval: 20 minutes

    Act 2: 55 minutes

    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    • Standard entry£18.50 ⁠–⁠ £120*
    • Concessions25%**

    * Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

    ** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

    Tickets can only be sold through the Southbank Centre and our authorised agents, and can't be resold. If your plans change, you're welcome to exchange your tickets for another performance within the run of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountains Christmas Carol. Please contact our Ticket Office for more information. Credit vouchers are not available for this performance.

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