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 become part of Christmas folklore.
The story centres upon the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge, a heartless man of business who thrives of the despair of others.
Of course, by the story’s end, Scrooge is a changed man, who embraces the spirit of Christmas.
It is the darkness, death and despair brought on by urban poverty, and the joy and happiness generated by good will at Christmas that provides the two contrasting themes of Dickens’ work.