Dickens’ Christmas tale to hit local stages

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Dickens’ Christmas tale to hit local stages

British TNT Theater will present a musical adaptation of the classic Christmas tale “A Christmas Carol” across five major cities in Vietnam from November 24 to December 5.

Twelve shows of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be staged in Vietnam

Photo courtesy of Sai Gon Giai Phong

The tour is organized by Ho Chi Minh City-based event organizer Le Quy Duong Co., Ltd. The company earlier this year invited the troupe to perform their own version of classical tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” in Hanoi and HCMC.

Its humorous adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” is scripted and directed by the theater’s artistic director Paul Stebbings, Sai Gon Giai Phong (Sai Gon Liberated) newspaper.

Six members of TNT will retell British author Charles Dickens’ popular holiday tale of a miserly curmudgeon and his secular conversion and redemption after being visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve.

David Nasir Ahmad, lead actor of the play, said the music featured in the shows would be the bridge to connect the audiences and the production.

Each of the six actors and actresses would take on different roles, play different musical instruments to convey the humanitarian spirit of one of the most popular works in English literature to Vietnamese audience, according to Grantly Read Marshall, producer of the musical.

The 12 shows of “A Christmas Carol” will be presented to local audience in English language with Vietnamese subtitles.

The troupe will stage its first show on Tuesday in south central Quy Nhon City.

It is followed by one day show and four night shows in HCMC from November 26 to 29, one in central Hue City on December 1 and one in central Danang City on December 2.

The last four shows will be held in Hanoi from December 3 to 5.

The prices for the tickets are from VND100,000 to VND450,000 (US$5.59 -$25.17).

More information about the shows and ticket bookings is available at the organizer’s website: http://lequyduong.com/web/index.php

Founded in 1980, TNT has been distinguished for its simple stage decoration, strong British style and cross-gender performances.

Members of TNT have performed a wide variety of productions in 40 countries, ranging from Shakespeare classics, like Macbeth, to contemporary works such as Paul Auster’s Moon Palace.

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