A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Directed by Graham McLaren

Your presence is requested at the offices of Messrs Scrooge and Marley...

Charles Dickens’ immortal tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge tormented by the ghosts of his Past, Present and a very fateful Future is brought to eerie life by the National Theatre of Scotland in this unique, boutique production.

A cast of haunting puppets, live music and an ingeniously charming set ensures that this Christmas Carol brings Scrooge’s dark, Victorian world closer than ever before.

Scrooge with a puppet in A Christmas Carol

For the first time, the National Theatre of Scotland is proud to announce a Relaxed Performance on Sunday 16 December.

This performance is exclusively for audience members who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including people with autism spectrum disorders, or sensory or communication disorders, and their families. Working closely with the National Autistic Society Scotland, this performance will be a supportive, relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for all the family. With intimate up-close surroundings and an audience of only 70, this autism-friendly performance of A Christmas Carol encourages families affected by autism to enjoy an award-winning piece of Scottish theatre within an environment where the actors, ushers and technicians are committed to creating a comfortable and understanding atmosphere.

Things to note:

  • the age-recommendation for this production is 8yrs+. The tone of the play is very true to the original Dickens novel and is aimed at adults as well as children of eight years and over.
  • the performance takes place in the Old Kirk in Kirkcaldy; we have built a beautiful set within this building.
  • audience members will be able to access the set and performance area before the show begins for a familiarisation tour. This will be a chance for families to see the set and puppets and meet the director to hear a little bit more about the production and ask any questions they might have. The show will begin after the tour.
  • the seating is unreserved.
  • the show is 90 minutes straight through and there is no interval.
  • there are no catering facilities or shop in the performance space.
  • the set doesn’t lend itself well to audience members moving in and out of the space while the performance is happening, but during the pre-show tour and talk you will have the opportunity to locate exits.
  • should you need to leave during the performance it may not be possible to come back to your seat inside the auditorium. We will provide an area from which to watch the remainder of the show via a camera link.
  • we will be making alterations to the lighting and sound for the increased enjoyment of those audience members with sensory sensitivities and the production focuses directly on the story of A Christmas Carol. We suggest this production is most suitable for those who will enjoy a narrative-driven performance.
  • there will be family bathrooms and our front of house staff will include volunteers from The National Autistic Society who will be happy to help with all your needs.


For more information about the production, including photographs and a 360 degree tour of the set, visit the National Theatre of Scotland website.


The Old Kirk, Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy, KY11EH

Pre show talk and set tour: 2pm lasting 30 minutes
Performance begins: 2.30pm lasting 90 minutes with no interval.

Tickets cost £14 for adults (£11 concession) and can be paid for by cash or cheque on the day.
Places are limited to a maximum of four per family and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To find out more, book your tickets and to discuss your specific requirements please contact Marianne Maxwell Marianne.maxwell@nationaltheatrescotland.com or 0141 227 9017