Come face to face with the magical spirits, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, as the Cornerstone is transformed into the enchanting setting of the past, present and future of Mr Scrooge. Join him as he travels through time to learn the true meaning of Christmas and ignite your festive spirit with this reinvention of a Christmas classic. Bah Humbug!

Dive into the heart of a timeless Christmas tale with award winning Smoking Apples’ unique and heart warming style of storytelling and spellbinding puppetry, immersing you into a magical theatrical experience like you’ve never seen before…

“Masterful in their deliverance” – ✮✮✮✮✮ Pulse Productions


“Astounding and Ingenious” – Daily Info Oxford 

“Masterful in their deliverance” – ✮✮✮✮✮ Pulse Productions

“We both really enjoyed the performance, and everyone around us was saying the same thing. I’d definitely recommend it this Christmas!” – Warwickshire Kids


Audience Comments

“Went to see A Christmas Carol today, it was absolutely brilliant, my 3 and 5 yr old love it, as did I. Wish it was on for longer as we’d go again. Can’t recommend it highly enough. Thank You!”

“Just wow… what an amazing performance”

“We came on Thursday – WOW!! What an amazing production! Absolutely spellbinding from start to finish, thanks so much!”

“The best thing i’ve seen in a very long time, totally unique, a joy for all the senses”

“We thought the show was fab and what a talented bunch of performers”

We were absolutely delighted to be at Cornerstone in December 2022, with our favourite festive story,  A Christmas Carol. Having previously toured to this venue with Flux, In Our Hands and most recently Arbor the Tree, we were excited to bring Scrooge to Didcot for Christmas. We first created this stage adaptation of Dickens’ classic story back in 2012, but it has grown and blossomed so much since then. The first version we performed was in promenade, with only 20 audience members at a time, since then it has become a full length stage show, and this year, we have cast a young company to join the fun.

A Christmas Carol is part of so many people’s Christmas traditions (including ours!) and we feel honoured and humbled to be a part of that this year. Despite this classic story being over 170 years old, the magic of the Spirits and the redemption of everyone’s favourite miser, Scrooge, truly is timeless. We also believe that now, more than ever, we want to remember that kindness and generosity still has a much needed place in our world, that anything is possible and that joy and happiness can be found in the smiles of the people around you.

As a team, we create all aspects of our shows, from the script to the set, from the puppets to the musical arrangements. It really has been a labour of our love to bring it all together, sprinkled with our own heartfelt memories of Christmas. We are hugely indebted to the incredible team of cast and creatives who have lived this with us and given their all to this very special show.