News dates for A Christmas Carol

Cape Town City Ballet in Veronica Paeper’s A Christmas Carol – The Story of Scrooge. PICTURE: Joan Ward

New dates have been announced for Cape Town City Ballet’s production of Veronica Paeper’s A Christmas Carol – The Story of Scrooge.

The production will run for a limited season from Wednesday January 19 until Saturday January 22 at the Artscape theatre.

Some performances in December were postponed following the confirmation of a Covid-19 positive case.

Although capacity has been increased with the introduction of Lockdown Level 1, seating in the Artscape remains strictly limited due to social distancing and government regulations. All Covid-19 regulations will be in place including social distancing and wearing of masks.

A Christmas Carol – The Story of Scrooge is a special Dickens treat for all ages.

On Christmas Eve the elderly and unpleasant old man Ebenezer Scrooge is paid a visit by the ghost of his dead business partner Joseph Marley who tells him that three spirits will call on Scrooge: The Spirit of Christmas Past, The Spirit of Christmas Present and the Spirit of Christmas Future. Marley tells Scrooge that unless he listens well and changes his miserly ways he will be forever condemned to be in chains of damnation. This is the story of that night.

The powerhouse creative team includes choreography by South African ballet doyenne Veronica Paeper, set and costume design byPeter Cazalet and lighting design by Wilhelm Disbergen.

The role of Ebenezer Scrooge will once again be played by seasoned, multiple award-winning performer Marcel Meyer, who was most recently seen on stage at Artscape in The Lady Aoi.

A Christmas Carol – The Story of Scrooge is one of more than 40 ballets, among them 16 full-length works, that have been choreographed by Paeper, who began choreographing in 1972.

Established as the Nico Malan Theatre in 1971, the Artscape building this year marks its 50th anniversary.

“We are grateful to Artscape for accommodating these extra performances to enable our loyal patrons to see the show,” says Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet.

“It also provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to Cape Town to catch a performance after the festive season holidays. Bookings are now open for the new dates, so why not give the gift of Christmas cheer and buy a loved one tickets as a present.”

Tickets cost from R195 to R295. Bookings can be made at Artscape Dial-a-seat on 021 421 7695 or through Computicket.