(Mark Brown’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 12/11.)
Dominic Hill’s three-year directorship of the Citizens Theatre has already been hailed, by award-winning novelist Louise Welsh, as a “golden age” for the famous Glasgow playhouse. Hill lived up to that billing with his recent, world-class production of Hamlet, and he does so again with this impeccable staging of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
Like the best of continental Europe’s theatrical auteurs, the Citz’s director approaches every play with a strong vision and a keen sense of how to combine theatre’s various elements to achieve it. In the case of this Carol (which uses Neil Bartlett’s splendidly rhythmic 2002 adaptation for the Lyric Hammersmith) that includes a gorgeous interweaving of the visual, the aural and the musical.