Creation Theatre Company
01865 766266 or at
3rd Floor, Cherwell House, 1-5 London Place, Oxford, OX4 1BD.
Dracula, 3rd March to 14th April, 19:30
At Blackwell's Bookshop, this is a site-specific adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic, brought to life with a cast of just two actors.
Blackwell’s Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ.
For more details
see Creation's web site at www.creationtheatre.co.uk.
Reviews of A Christmas Carol
2nd December 2017 to 6th January 2018
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Tingles with the tinsel
The wonderful Creation Theatre nails it again
Creation Theatre: A Christmas Carol, at the North Wall, Oxford, from Saturday, December 2 to Saturday, January 6
A standing ovation and cheers greeted the end of Creation Theatre Company's taut, shiver-inducing production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, written and directed by Gari Jones. Staged as previous Christmas shows, sideways on, with cabaret tables and candles surrounding the stage, and with five of the cast familiar from previous Creation shows, there was a real sense of a repertory togetherness. Scrooge (Nicholas Osmond) is not the geriatric old skinflint, but a young, vibrant city type so Intent on making money he even steals the pennies off the eyes of the corpse of his business partner. Marley (Tom Richardson). When Marley appears as a wraith, the precursor to the three ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future, he slithers out of a brightly-lit chest as if it is a portal from hell, enveloped in head chains like a bound Frankenstein.
Later, a spectral face is pressed through a curtain, mouth open, like a spook from a horror film. A ghost runs rapidly along the balcony carrying a lampshade glowing orange, disappearing behind staging, reappearing for nanoseconds. Matt Eaton's excellent sound design of crackling and creaking noises serves only to heighten the tension synchronising effectively with flashes of lighting (Ashley Bale). Perhaps the most scary moment occurs when two ghostly pale-faced girls crawl their way out of the skirts of one of the Ghosts, on automatic pilot to their doom.
The supernatural horrors are overshadowed by the 'real' terrors of everyday life. Cheerful Londoners grin mercilessly while holding sharp choppers. The Shining meeting Jack the Ripper. Poverty and destitution are the lot of the Cratchett family, forced to share a tiny morsel of food on a plate, and feeling grateful for the amount they have.
Later, the ill Tiny Tim (Richardson, doubling) exists using a hospital breathing machine and is given a Job as chimney sweep. Among these depictions of the undead and the deadly living are a wealth of songs which would not be out of place in Sweeney Todd. Cheerful irony infuses the lyrics as the characters hoof their way towards oblivion. No wonder Scrooge saw the light.
There is a review from the Oxford Times ("dark, bleak and haunting, this is a Christmas show like no other... Dickens would surely love it... it is touching; moving even. I am not afraid to admit to shedding a couple of tears, and was not alone. This, after all, is a tale of redemption – and we have never witnessed such a turnaround... the acting, and singing, throughout is superb... this is as good as theatre gets" - 5/5).
A Christmas Carol, 2nd December 2017 to 6th January 2018
The Wind in the Willows, 2nd to 30th December 2017
Alice, 15th July to 19th August 2017. See the review in the archive.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5th July to 5th August 2017
1984, 5th February to 5th March 2017
Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 3rd December 2016 to 7th January 2017. See the review in the archive.
Hamlet, 13th July to 13th August 2016. See the review in the archive.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 23rd June to 30th July 2016. See the review in the archive.
King Lear, 12th February to 24th March 2016. See the review in the archive.
Treasure Island, 4th December 2015 to 9th January 2016. There are reviews from the Oxford Times ("tremendous fun with a wicked edge, this scurvy morality tale will leave you reeling – and grinning long after the sea shanties have faded away" 5/5), Daily Info ("another memorable Christmas show... a well put together piece with lots of energy and enthusiasm").
Alice, 18th August to 13th September 2015. See the review in the archive.
As You Like It, 28th July to 12th September 2015. See the review in the archive.
The Wind in the Willows, 5th December 2014 to 10th January 2015. See the review in the archive.
Macbeth, 1st August to 13th September 2014. See the review in the archive.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 6th December 2013 to 4th January 2014. See the review in the archive.
Henry V, 17th August to 14th September 2013. See the review in the archive.
Jekyll & Hyde, 8th June to 6th July 2013. See the review in the archive.
Aladdin and the Magical Lamp, 6th December 2012 to 5th January 2013. See the review in the archive.
The Merchant of Venice, 7th July to 1st September 2012
Richard II, 7th May 2012
The Odyssey, 29th March to 28th April 2012
Hamlet, 5th to 24th March 2012
A Christmas Carol, 8th December 2011 to 7th January 2012. There are reviews in the Oxford Times ("backing up all this ensemble acting is some very strong staging... fine show") and Daily Info ("a flawless performance... one of the most enjoyable shows of this year; don’t miss out on a night full of merriment and Christmas cheer! ").
Antony and Cleopatra, 8th July to 3rd September 2011. See the review in the archive.
King James Bible, 14th May to 11th June 2011 at St Barnabas Church
Dr Faustus, 4th February to 2nd April 2011 at Blackwell's Bookshop
Rapunzel, 26th November 2010 to 15th January 2011. See the review in the archive.
Romeo and Juliet, 19th July to 31st August 2010, at Said Business School Amphitheatre, Oxford
Beauty and the Beast, 27th November 2009 to 16th January 2010. See the review in the archive.
Twelfth Night (July 2009)
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 4th July to 13th September 2008
Othello (April 2009)
Hans Christian Andersen's Magical Tales (December 2008)
Animal Farm, 21st July to 30th August 2008
The Taming of the Shrew, 16th July to 25th August 2007
Hamlet, 1st June to 28th July 2007
Macbeth, 2nd June to 9th September 2006 at Headington Hill Park
Saints and Sinners (June 2008)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2008)
Measure for Measure (March 2008)
Tales from the Brothers Grimm (November 2007)
The Oxford Passion (August 2007)
Arabian Nights (November 2006)
Robin Hood (July 2006)
The Merchant of Venice (June 2006)
King Lear (February 2006)
The Snow Queen (November 2005)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (July 2005)
The Comedy of Errors (January 2005)
A Christmas Carol (November 2004)
Romeo and Juliet (July 2004)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2004)
The Winter's Tale (February 2004)
The Tempest (July 2003)
Twelfth Night (June 2003)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (June 2002)
Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It (July 2001)