December 21, 2018 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Het Nationale Theater
Theater aan het Spui
The Hague
The English Theatre: A Christmas Carol @ Het Nationale Theater

Dickens’ most loved seasonal story, told and performed by Ashley Ramsden and the Plum Pudding Singers

Charles Dickens’ novel, “A Christmas Carol” (1843), is the famous redemption tale of the wicked Ebenezer Scrooge. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by spirits, including his former business partner Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come.

Each ghost has a different message for Scrooge about how his penny-pinching and indifference has affected himself and others who care about him.

By the end of the story, Scrooge has become enlightened and vows to change his mean, miserly ways before it’s too late. “I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. “

Can we still learn from this wise tale? Is it possible in this world that seems to be more divided than ever to share, live together and listen to one another? The gap between haves and have-nots seems to widen. And the difference in what is true and not-true is no longer distinguishable. This story brings it all down to the essence that by sharing and considering the other we can only gain.

Bristish Master storyteller Ashley Ramsden returns for the 13th year for what has now become a tradition. Audiences have come back year after year to enjoy this timeless tale about greed and jealousy but also redemption, hope and generosity.. A wonderful way to start the season of good will! Let’s share it!  

Ashley Ramsden will be accompanied by the Plum Pudding Singers. This is a four-part acapella group that sings Christmas Carols. All four singers originate from the Koninklijke Conservatorium of The Hague. The Plum Pudding Singers will perform before and during all public shows.

This performance is performed throughout the Netherlands at International and Dutch secondary schools. For more information STET’s education department can be contacted.

The 2018 CHARITY of the Season: Sportstimulering voor Gehandicapten
Every year we carefully choose a charity to support in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This year we like to raise funds for Stichting Haagse Sportstimulering voor Gehandicapten. This is a local charity that does fabulous work within the community to create sports opportunities for people, young and old, who are impaired. We always make sure that the money immediately and directly goes to the people who are in need.

During the performances at the Koninklijke Schouwburg, Muiderslot and Theater aan het Spui there will be boxes for cash-donations as well as pinmachines available. In the past years we have successfully supported charities like the Hope Foundation (2017) and Create Bridges (2016) that work in war-torn Syria and Palestine as well as the Walkabout Foundation (2015) that raises funds for spinal research and wheelchairs in disaster areas.

Duration performance: 90 minutes (no interval). See website for more information.