The Man Who Invented Christmas

22 December 2017 7:30pm
23 December 2017 8:45pm

£8 standard
£7 concessions, £6.50 members

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Certificate: PG
Length: 104 min
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Cast: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce

Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Spooks), The Man Who Invented Christmas stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast) as the iconic Charles Dickens.

In 1843, Dickens was a literary rock star, but struggling financially after the slow sales of his previous novel, Martin Chuzzlewit. Seized with the vision of a story that would fire the hearts of humanity, Dickens pitched his publishers A Christmas Carol, but they passed. Desperate, Dickens declared he would publish it himself. Slipping into the world of his novel, he spent the next six weeks laughing and arguing with his characters, acting out scenes like a madman on the streets of London for hours on end.

His family and friends worried he was going insane, but Dickens prevailed and finished just before Christmas, creating a masterpiece which gave birth to the Christmas we know and love today.

With a powerful performance from Stevens, The Man Who Invented Christmas is a family fun adventure about the most iconic Christmas story ever written and the genius behind it. The film also stars Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music) as Ebeneezer Scrooge and Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) as John Dickens.

“Susan Coyne’s smart screenplay sees these real world antecedents rubbing shoulders with composite characters (notably Tara, an Irish maid with a flair for ghost stories) and Dickens getting into loud arguments with his fictional creations.” – Tara Brady,
Irish Times