William Shakespeare’s A Christmas Carol

by Ian Doescher

December 10-15, 2019 | On tour to three Ontario pubs | Tickets $25-$55

Old Stone Brewing (Peterborough), Dec 10 | Town Brewery (Whitby), Dec 11 | Social Capital Theatre (Toronto), Dec 15


When miserly theatre owner Ebenezer Scrooge puts the ‘humbug’ in Christmas, he’s transported on a redemptive journey to save his very soul. Haunted by the spirits of Christmas past (Puck), present (Falstaff) and future (Hamlet’s dad), Scrooge learns to appreciate the true spirit of the holiday season as only Shakespeare can imagine. 

What the Dickens?! Driftwood Theatre’s holiday edition of Play in a Pub returns with a Christmas classic of Shakespearian proportions.

Carrying on Driftwood’s fine tradition of informal readings of plays over a pint, William Shakespeare’s A Christmas Carol is a jolly, interactive holiday mash-up as audience members join Driftwood Theatre’s professional performers in reading, singing, and celebrating a holiday masterpiece.

At Play in a Pub audience participation is the name of the game. Audience members take the stage in a variety of walk-on roles (including Tiny Tim, Juliet’s husband Paris, the troubadour Balthasar, and the Ghost of Christmas Future) through the Memorable Character Live Auction. And you can bet there’ll be some participatory Christmas caroling along the way.

Celebrating the holiday spirit, Driftwood is also encouraging audience members to attend in their holiday finery, with nightly winners crowned during the Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest. Prize packages include local swag, gift certificates and your very own copy of William Shakespeare’s A Christmas Carol, by Ian Doescher.