We are an arts and education charity set up to establish a yearly Dickensian Christmas Festival in Malton, to champion Charles Dickens most famous work, ‘A Christmas Carol‘.

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A message from our Patron, Selina Scott

 Unbeknown to many, while A Christmas Carol was set in the fog of London, it was actually the swirling mists of Malton, near York, and a young lawyer from the town, that inspired Dickens to create his haunting tale. Still a struggling writer, Dickens met Charles Smithson when he was working for a firm of… Read More

We are looking for Sponsors for 2017

Contact Festival Director, Clair Challenor-Chadwick for more information, clair@causeuk.com 07531948014 Read More

Tributes to Festival Founder, Stephen Joll

TRIBUTES have been paid to a businessman who helped lead the campaign to buy a rare 1844 edition of ‘A Christmas Carol’ for Malton. Stephen Joll, who was 69 and lived in Scagglethorpe, passed away in February 2017 following a battle with cancer. Born in Barnsley, Stephen grew up in a butchers and was put to… Read More

Miriam Margolyes interview by Lucinda Hawksley

This December, I have the great pleasure of returning to the Malton Dickens Festival alongside ardent Dickens-lover Miriam Margolyes, so I caught up with her to find out what she’s been up to since last year’s festival. At the start of this year, the whole country was entranced when Miriam stepped out of her famous… Read More
A Christmas Carol

About ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Malton Dickensian Festival annually celebrates, ‘A Christmas Carol.’ From the Muppets to Mickey Mouse, to Bill Murray’s Scrooged and Jim Carey’s animation, A Christmas Carol has endured on our TV and movie screens! Charles Dickens’ classic story of a time travelling pensioner who sees dead people, is a festive fairy tale which has itself… Read More

Penny Plain Victorian Street Theatre 9 December 2017

During the Malton Food Lovers Christmas market on 9th December, the Malton Dickensian Festival presents, ‘Penny Plain Victorian street theatre who will perform traditional folk carols, dance, mummery and the human vegetable machine! When it comes do describing what they do, members of Penny Plain Theatre Company are uncharacteristically lost for words. “Unique”, “funny” and “Victorian” spring most… Read More