by Greg Wagland
Our Raconteurs version of A Christmas Carol is very different to most others in that each section or stave, as Dickens has it, is read by a different narrator.
I get to read the fourth of these in which Ebenezer Scrooge is brought face to face with the stark reality of his own actions (and inaction), by the creepiest of the Spirits. It is fantastically dramatic on the page and I hope I did it some justice. In point of fact, I cannot get through A Christmas Carol without, at the very least, shedding a tear or actually sobbing: a candid admission but there you are, it’s true nonetheless. It’s just so powerful in its unabridged form – the Muppets can only take you so far on the journey!
Nothing exudes the spirit of ‘a proper British Christmas’, now happily spread to the four corners of the earth, quite so fulsomely and brilliantly as does A Christmas Carol. And here, in our recording, it’s enriched by some great Christmas music too. It’s been a rewarding experience to work with our talented team to bring this project to fruition. Hope you enjoy it, maybe with a glass of sherry or port! And, of course, nuts – as Scrooge might say.