A Very Jewish Christmas Carol world premiere

(PHOTO: Pia Johnson)

Melbourne Theatre Company’s new play, A Very Jewish Christmas Carol, is set to make its world premiere this Saturday, November 18 at Southbank Theatre.

Born from the NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program, A Very Jewish Christmas Carol is a fresh take on Charles Dickens’s classic tale.

This joyous play draws on the writers’ own backgrounds and will take audiences on a laugh-out-loud journey through a familiar, festive and spirited time of the year.

Local baker Ely is not letting anything get in the way of recreating her Bubi’s famous Polish gingerbread recipe. Not her family’s impending Chrismukkah celebrations, not the imminent birth of her child and definitely not the ghosts who’ve suddenly shown up in her kitchen. But the reindeer of Chrismukkah Past, Gingerbread Golem and Lilith have other ideas.

Created by two writers in residence of Melbourne Theatre Company’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program, Elise Esther Hearst with Phillip Kavanagh, A Very Jewish Christmas Carol was commissioned in 2019 and in the four years since has undergone rigorous script development with the Company’s expert resources.

The result is a joyous new Australian comedy brimming with festive silliness.

Melbourne Theatre Company’s Artistic Director & Co-CEO Anne-Louise Sarks said A Very Jewish Christmas Carol continues Melbourne Theatre Company’s long tradition of being at the forefront of developing new Australian theatre and championing the next generation of local talent.

“This home-grown twist on Dickens’s much-loved story will have audiences laughing in their seats and is a heartwarming end-of-year comedy to close out my inaugural season as Artistic Director,” she said.

A Very Jewish Christmas Carol features is starring Natalie Gamsu, Miriam Glaser, Emma JevonsEvelyn KrapeJude Perl, Louise Siversen and Michael Whalley.

The creative team includes Set Designer Jacob Battista, Costume Designer Dann Barber, Lighting Designer Richard Vabre and Sound Design by Jed Palmer with original musical arrangements by Musical Director Jude Perl.

A Very Jewish Christmas Carol is playing at Melbourne Theatre Company’s Southbank Theatre to December 16, 2023. Tickets at mtc.com.au.

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