This large play bill advertises a performance of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol at the New Adelphi Theatre, London. It differs from other 19th century playbills in that it is dominated by images, rather than text. The three central illustrations, depicting key scenes, are inspired by the original illustrations for A Christmas Carol by John Leech. Although the playbill is undated, we can assume that it ran during the Christmas season as it is advertised as a ‘HOLIDAY ATTRACTION!’.
This production was just one of many; the novel was so popular that by February 1844 eight theatrical productions had been staged.
- Full title:
- Large play bill for the New Adelphi Theatre, advertising 'A Christmas Carol', with three illustrations inspired by the original illustrations in A Christmas Carol. [from the author's presentation copy of The Life of Dickens, 1872-74]
- n.d., London
- Advertisement / Ephemera / Playbill / Illustration / Image
- The New Adelphi Theatre , John Forster as compiler
- Held by:
- British Library
- Dex 316 - Vol II, part I
- Article by:
- Judith Flanders
- The middle classes, Popular culture
Judith Flanders describes how many of our own Christmas traditions – from trees and crackers to cards and carols – have their origins in 19th-century industrial and commercial interests.
- Article by:
- John Mullan
- The Gothic, London, The novel 1832 - 1880
The ghosts in A Christmas Carol are by turns comic, grotesque and allegorical. Professor John Mullan reflects on their essential role in developing the novel’s meaning and structure.