Scotiabank Stage: November 28 - December 27, 2018


Eastern Front Theatre's production of


By Charles Dickens
Directed and adapted for the stage by Jeremy Webb
Featuring Rhys Bevan-John


Scotiabank Stage

Show Times:
Tuesday to Friday - 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday - 2pm & 7:30pm

Key Dates:
November 28 - Pay What You Can
November 29 - Opening Night

Running Time:
Approx. 100 minutes (depending on Scrooge's mood), which includes a 15-minute intermission.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns to Neptune’s Scotiabank Stage

Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, adapted for the stage by Jeremy Webb, returns this December for it’s fifteenth year. Rhys Bevan-John stars in the production, which was created & directed by Neptune’s Artistic Director Jeremy Webb..


A Christmas Carol takes place that famous night when miserly ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’ is forced to face his greedy ways. Dickens' cast of characters – Bob Cratchit, Marley, and of course Tiny Tim – make this a holiday classic for the whole family. A Christmas Carol is a heartwarming story about redemption, charity, and the spirit of Christmas.

The show is a traditional telling of the holiday classic, with puppets portraying the ghosts and Webb exercising his acting chops, playing 25 characters. It’s the perfect start to the Christmas season.

This dramatic telling of the holiday classic has met with critical and box office success, playing nearly every venue in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick.

“It’s quite mind-blowing, really,” says Webb. “I really feel like we have slowly created a tradition for the holiday season. We have so many folks coming to see this show each year. It’s so rewarding.”

“I was thrilled that we were able to break into the USA market a few years ago, with tours to North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.” Half a million people have seen A Christmas Carol since the beginning of it all.

Webb first created his one-man version of A Christmas Carol in 2003 and it’s never stopped evolving. “Each year we change things up and add new elements,” he says. In 2011, Webb performed the show with Symphony Nova Scotia with an original score by Scott MacMillan. “In 2012, we added a very cool projection element.”

In 2011,  a two-disc CD of the show was released, with Symphony Nova Scotia musicians playing and the actor performing thirty roles.


A Christmas Carol was performed by Webb until three years ago, when actor Rhys Bevan-John took over the role to great acclaim.
Rhys first worked on the show, as a puppeteer, in 2003. Over the past 15 years, Rhys has toured with A Christmas Carol a number of times, supporting the show’s original actor. “He was the perfect choice to take over the role,” says Webb. “Not only is he talented, funny and a great actor, but he’s familiar with the job and the show. “.

Webb retains links with the touring production, having re-directed it in 2015 and producing it through Eastern Front Theatre. “It’s a great opportunity to revisit the material and try some new stuff!” Webb explains. “All the traditional moments are there, but Rhys brings his own style to the show too… Each year it will just get bigger and better.”

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol plays on the Scotiabank Stage until December 27th, 2018.


Photos © Stoo Metz Photography






This production uses limited quantities of a water-based fluid to simulate fog.Patrons with allergenicsensitivity and active asthma may find this substance irritating.

This show is suitable for audiences of all ages




Rhys Bevan-John (Actor)

Rhys is an award-winning actor and writer who also directs (but he has not been given awards for that). He trained at  the Neptune Theatre School, and has been working professionally in the theatre for over 15 years. He has received four-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, has toured much of the world with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, and once lived in the woods for six months with a mime and a ballerina.

Rhys has performed with most of the professional theatre companies in Nova Scotia, including Neptune Theatre and Shakespeare by the Sea. He has spent the last few years studying somatic coaching, which is kind of like learning an emotional martial art that you practice using your nervous system. He is now working as a professional somatic coach, seeing clients in his home office located in downtown Dartmouth.

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He dedicates this performance to Dionysus, please raise a glass in Dionysus’ name during intermission!

Love to Rhys’ hero, Emma.

Simon Henderson (Puppeteer)

Born and raised in New Brunswick, Simon attended Acadia University and made his professional debut at the Atlantic Theatre Festival as Barnaby in The Matchmaker. Subsequently he made his home in Halifax and has been privileged to work with a number of local theatre companies.

Favourite roles include: Edward in Skylight (TNB); Dr. Oscar in Uncle Oscar’s Experiment (Zuppa Theatre); Antony in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare by the Sea); Simon in Our Town (Two Planks); Shakespeare in the long-running Shakespeare on Trial alongside Jeremy Webb (Off the Leash); and
most recently, Burbage in Shakespeare in Love (Neptune Theatre.)

Currently residing in Toronto, Simon is extremely happy to be home in the Maritimes for the  Christmas season. This marks his 6th time as the Puppeteer for Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Yahoo!

Merry Christmas indeed!

Jeremy Webb (Writer/Director)

Jeremy is Neptune Theatre’s Artistic Director.

Neptune directing credits: Mamma Mia!, Shakespeare In Love, Cinderella. His most recent Neptune stage appearances include Cogsworth in Beauty & The Beast, Jaggers in Great Expectations and roles in Rexy.

In Canada, he directed (and wrote) Shakespeare On Trial, Dickens’ A Christimas Carol, Fishing, The Chuckle Hour (Festival Antigonish), Broadway On Argyle St. (for WillPower), Beauty & The Beast (Savoy), Pinocchio (for Shakespeare By The Sea),  Urinetown, Blue Remembered Hills, The Wizard of Oz, A Streetcar Named Desire, Animal Farm, The Farm Show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Liar, Joseph, Grease, Godspell, The Wind In The Willows, and Til It Hurts, I Do! I Do!, Double Double, Les Misérables, The Hobbit and Oliver.

Jeremy won a Best Director Merritt in 2017 for Little Thing, Big Thing (Festival Antigonish) and a Best Actor Merritt Award for his portrayal of Iago in Othello, for Shakespeare By The Sea. He won the 2010 Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre.
In 2013, Jeremy won the Creative Arts Nova Scotia Established Artist Award. His production of Mamma Mia! won The Coast Best Of Halifax Award for Best Theatre Production.

Jessica Lewis (Lighting Design)

Jessica has been working in Halifax as a Lighting Designer, Production Manager and Stage Manager for close to 15 years. She has taken Productions across Canada and throughout the Southern States.

Selected works include: Eastern Front Theatre (Stages Theatre Festival, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol), Neptune Theatre (Shakespeare In Love, In A World Created By A Drunken God, Drowning Girls), Zuppa Theatre  (Slowly I Turn, How Small, How Far Away, Uncle Oscar’s Experiment), Mermaid Theatre (I Love My Little Storybook & Guess How Much I Love You, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourite’s), Obey Convention Music & Arts Society.

Jessica is also an accomplished musician, preforming in Cactus Flower & Dark for Dark.




SOLD OUT!  A Special Announcement  SOLD OUT!

On Dec 16th at 7:30pm the usually single-handed production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol will become a two-person show for one night only / one night ever!

The show's creator (and original actor for 13 years, and over 650 performances) Jeremy Webb will return for a single show.  But Rhys Bevan-John isn't vacating the stage or being replaced.  It's his show now.  Bevan-John and Webb will do the show together!

The two actors will go head to head in a version of the show that sees each actor able to 'buzz out' or 'buzz in' the other at any point.  Hopefully, hilarity will ensue....




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