The BBC Radio Theatre Adaptation of “A Christmas Carol”
The British Broadcasting Corporation is unequaled in the quality of their dramatic broadcasts, and their lavish production of Dickens’ most-loved book is no exception.
Generally recognized as one of the best of the old-time radio adaptations, and certainly the most complete and faithful, this rare recording is unmatched in voice talent, quality and sound direction. Seldom heard in the US, this 90-minute production shines in retelling the classic story. Famed British actor Michael Gough, known for his Hammer horror film roles, and later in life, for playing the faithful butler Alfred in the popular Batman movie series, brings his considerable acting and voice talent to the role of Scrooge.
From 1975 to 1984, the CBS Radio Mystery Theater was a favorite of horror, suspense and sci-fi fans across the country. So the spooky atmosphere of the program lent itself perfectly to the ghostly happenings of Dickens’ tale of spirit visitation.
Show host E. G. Marshall stars as Scrooge is this classic dramatization of Charles Dickens’ immortal tale, first aired on Christmas Eve in 1975.
This is the only show Marshall acts in, normally limiting his part to that of the host and narrator. Quickly becoming a holiday tradition, the broadcast was repeated every Christmas Eve during the series run. It has six actors in it – a R.M.T. record.
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Another notable audio adaptation is one by NPR featuring comedian Jonathan Winters.
Jonathan Winters’ ‘A Christmas Carol’
“Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Old Marley was as dead as a doornail.”
So begins A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Some say this short story, first published in 1843, transformed Christmas into a major holiday. Before A Christmas Carol, there was surprisingly little celebration during the Christmas season. After its publication, the holiday became a high point of the year. The tale has inspired movies, operas, readings and countless stage performances around the globe.
Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of this holiday classic, using a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. He re-creates Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley’s spirit and the three Christmas ghosts: Past, Present and Future. Mimi Kennedy also performs.
Produced by National Public Radio and KCRW.
Listen to it below!