A Christmas Carol at Beaulieu Abbey

A Christmas Carol at Beaulieu Abbey

On a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon I had started to question my decision for going to see an outside theatre performance with my 6 year old son however I should never have worried! 

If you have had a trip to Beaulieu you are likely to have been around the Abbey. A beautiful ruin rich in history and architectural splendour. This 800 year old Abbey was founded by King John in the 13th Century before being destroyed on the orders of King Henry VIII in 1538.

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A Christmas Carol at Beaulieu Abbey

Owing to the efforts of the Montagu family ancestors, distant relations of these former kings, the now tranquil Abbey is a conserved ruin where generations of visitors have enjoyed its peaceful setting and appreciated the achievements of its medieval builders.

We arrived to the cast merrily singing carols with a mischievous twinkle in their eyes! It’s as if they know a secret which we as the viewer are yet to know. The show features a live band performing cello, guitar, accordion and fiddle.

From 14 December – 24 December,  the London Touring Players will be retelling the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. 

The performance tells the story beautifully including song, dancing and general merriment. The cast are exceptional in their delivery which is accessible to all ages. You are led around different areas of the Abbey with the cast which adds to the scene setting. The weather we had also added to the atmosphere and if you were seeing one of the later performances, in the dark, the atmosphere would be eerie and very in keeping with this Dickens classic. 

My son was enthralled. We are lucky to see various shows throughout the year but outside theatre is always a novelty and not something he has had the opportunity to discover previously. The show is perfectly timed with the hour. I wondered if any of the detail we know would be lost with such a short production but that was not the case at all. This concise and beautiful performance did justice to the story. 

This was a wonderful start to the Christmas holidays for us and I highly recommend the performance to get you in the Christmas spirit and remind us about the meaning of Christmas. 


Kate Cuthbertson
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