Playbill advertising Edward Stirling's adaptation of A Christmas Carol


This playbill advertises Edward Stirling’s official adaptation of A Christmas Carolsanctioned by Charles Dickens in January 1844. As the first line states, this version was ‘The ONLY ONE by Permission of CHARLES DICKENS, Esq.’. It was performed at the Adelphi Theatre, and contained newly written songs.

Edward Stirling was a respected director who adapted several of Dickens’s novels for the stage.

Full title:
Two original playbills, the latter advertising Edward Stirling's adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Pencil notes suggest performance took place at the Adelphi Theatre. Date February 5th, 1844 and during the week.
5 February 1844, London
Advertisement / Ephemera / Playbill / Illustration / Image
The Theatre Royal, Adelphi, John Forster [compiler]
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Dex.316. - Vol II, part I

Full catalogue details

Related articles

The Victorian supernatural

Article by:
Roger Luckhurst
The Gothic

Roger Luckhurst challenges the idea of the 19th century as one of secularisation, exploring the popularity of mesmerism, spiritualism and 'true' ghost stories in the period.

Ghosts in A Christmas Carol

Article by:
John Mullan
The novel 1832–1880, London, The Gothic

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.

Victorian Christmas

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.

Related collection items

Related works

A Christmas Carol

Created by: Charles Dickens

A Christmas book by Charles Dickens (1812–1870), published in 1843. Dickens was prompted to write this ...