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Bag of Beard present


A New Play for Christmas


extended by popular demand to 10 january


Written and Directed by Alexander Knott

Directed for Camera by Charles Flint 


"A quirky, sometimes sinister but ultimately highly enjoyable show ... A play to savour in these extraordinarily challenging and difficult times."


North West End 


“A reflective, pensive and thoughtful piece, December may have changed the way I think about A Christmas Carol forever …  one of the best digital shows of the year”




"This canny reimagining pushes the boundaries of storytelling and staging. while providing a hopeful end to a terrible year."







“Tonight, Bob Cratchit, you will see three ghosts...”


A bitterly cold winter in London Town, and as it turns out, Ebenezer Scrooge wasn’t the only person to be visited by spirits one bleak and haunted Christmas Eve. 


In a thrilling new play, the classic Dickens character of Cratchit is taken on a time-bending journey through Christmas future.


An innovative inversion of the immortal classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, and an ultimately hopeful play for today, ‘December’ is written and directed by ORL Artistic Director Alexander Knott (Private Peaceful, The Barn Theatre & Bristol Old Vic) and performed by West End star, Ryan Hutton (Only Fools & Horses The Musical) and Freya Sharp (Nuclear War, Old Red Lion).


Reuniting the original Bag of Beard collective on and off stage for the first time since 2017’s ‘Bath’, ‘December’ features sound design and original music by Samuel Heron & James Demaine.


All profit will be donated to Hackney Winter Night Shelter, a charity specifically aiming to provide a route out of homelessness and sleeping rough during the coldest time of year.



Note: This is a digital production, filmed at the Old Red Lion Theatre, but only available online.





Bob Cratchit - Ryan Hutton 

Martha Cratchit/Tim Cratchit/John Stoneworth - Freya Sharp 


Written and Directed by Alexander Knott

Directed for Camera by Charles Flint


Sound Design & Original Music by Samuel Heron & James Demaine

Lighting Design & Theatrical Technical Operation - Gabi Coomber

Associate Director for Camera - James Duffy

Associate Producer - Zöe Grain


Content Notice: This play features depictions of suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide.


extended by popular demand to 10 january 2021


This filmed production is available to stream from 20 December 2020 - 10 january 2021

Once your ticket is booked, you will be sent a link and password to view the production, with the link expiring on 11 January. 

Book using the event portal below, and the link and password will be sent  on or before the day of performance, and before the 7.30pm start time - it does not expire until 11 January 2021, so watch at your convenience once you have received the email with the link.

The company's profits will be donated to charity, so please consider purchasing a ticket price reflecting how many people will view the production.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Help! I haven't received my link! - The link will be with you before 7.30pm on the performance day. It might not arrive instantly after booking. If you haven't received our email by 7.30pm on the date you've booked for, email


Is 'December' suitable for children?:  We recommend 13+, due to the content noted above, and mild infrequent language.





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