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The show WILL go on! A Christmas Carol to be held at The Beacon

An exciting reimagined version of A Christmas Carol has been made Covid-friendly for a month-long production in a dazzling grand pavilion – with an immersive twist.

The Get Out Of My Space’s (GOOMS) A Cratchits’ Christmas Carol will be held inside the stunning Grand Pavilion at The Beacon restaurant, in Tunbridge Wells – beginning its 16-night run on Wednesday 2 December 2020.

The reimagining sees the audience members choose which cast member plays Scrooge each night, and they will also enjoy a festive feast (from socially distanced tables of up to six) alongside the old miser.

Budding entrepreneur Tobias Cornwell, 23, from Kent, and the rest of the GOOMS team – Anna Blackburn, James Alston, Kathryn Djemai – purposely created the experience so audience members have something to look forward to this Christmas. Tobias is determined for the show to go on despite the government’s latest lockdown measures.

He said: ‘At the moment we are going to progress as planned but with a date change to have performances 2 December to 20 December.

‘There is also a chance for an extension to 23 December if the demand dictates.

‘We also want to reiterate and make clear that if any performance is cancelled then all those who have booked will receive a full refund.

‘We’re trying to be a beacon of positivity in these strange times and give as many people as possible something incredible to look forward to.’

Tobias’s recreation is set among the stunning backdrop of The Beacon, with sprawling countryside views.

The timeless story sees cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge expressing his hatred of festivities. But on a magical Christmas Eve, he is visited by ghosts, and the Christmas spirits of past, present and future, before he discovers the joy of redemption. Scrooge becomes a changed man and goes on to share his wealth and generosity with family and friends.

Tobias said: ‘It will be a Christmas wonderland – beautiful and grand. There’ll be tables dotted around the space and the Cratchits’ family will welcome you in.

‘With plenty of the usual singing and festive jollities which we all love, and once again the Cratchit family have prepared their retelling of how Ebenezer Scrooge learnt how to love Christmas.

‘The only problem is that this year they can’t decide who’s supposed to be playing Scrooge. So it’s up to the audience to pick who gets to perform the plum role – the biggest cheer wins!

‘Then, as Scrooge’s nephew Fred eats his Christmas dinner, the audience’s meal will be served too as the show subtly leads into the interval.

‘Then there will also be a point near the end where desserts will suddenly be served because Scrooge starts to love Christmas and gives Christmas pudding to everyone!’

The cast will also be forming a support bubble to fulfill government guidelines. Tickets are on sale now for between £55-£70pp – and include a sumptuous three-course Christmas feast cooked by Michelin-recommended chefs.

For tickets and information, see https://gooms.co.uk/tickets

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