Dickens by Candlelight



“An enchanting theatrical experience.”

Orlando Sentinel



DBC2014056A Christmas Carol in Frankfurt am Main. Dickens by Candlelight returns to the stage in 2015 at the Internationales Theater in Frankfurt’s emerging east end. TLS Frankfurt biannually presents Dickens by Candlelight, where A Christmas Carol’s classic characters are brought to life by just four actors in theatre-in-the-round format. Dispensing with the traditional notion of audience members seated before a stage, the actors engage the audience, moving among the decoratively lit tables, occasionally talking to the people seated there, or asking them to ring a bell or blow out a candle at just the right moment.

It is a shared experience among audience and actors alike, with live music, Christmas carols, and beautiful nineteenth century costumes. Audiences sing together, laugh together and experience the glory of Scrooge’s new found enthusiasm for life, celebrating the things that make up our common humanity, and bringing out the best in our holiday spirit. 

Details - Dickens by Candlelight 2017

DICKENS BY CANDLELIGHT will return to the Internationales Theater in Winter of  2017

Internationales Theater Frankfurt
Hanauer Landstrasse 7

Production history:

November – December 2010 | Haus Sindlingen
November – December 2011 | Haus Sindlingen
November – December 2013 | Internationales Theater Frankfurt
December 2015 | Internationales Theater Frankfurt

Teacher’s Resources

Full script to download
Study Guide – Dickens by Candlelight

Dickens by Candlelight


Testimonials from previous performances

“It is a message which never seems to lose its relevance, and this is a cleverly-staged version of it, with four good actors and a sensitive musician, whose subtle contributions adds to the atmosphere. Add the candlelight, particularly effective in the grey auditorium of the Internationales Theatre, some well chosen props and costumes, and you have just the right atmosphere. If you have time and especially if the commercialism of Christmas is getting to you, I’d recommend this particular trip back in time…

“We took our kids to see this this evening and it was enchanting. Really well done. Please keep up the good work…”

“Congratulations on a great show last night! Thoroughly enjoyed Dickens by Candlelight and recommend it for getting into the Christmas spirit… Also great for kids.”

“Do NOT miss this show….”

“Perfect show tonight, thank you very much for the performance. Very cosy stage and setting, great costumes, impressive actors. Even the singing was cool.”

“For those of you who may be considering seeing this show….I saw it on Friday and it is not to be missed. It was wonderfully staged, theater in “the round” with audience on each side of the stage. There were only four actors and few props, but I have never seen a more meaningful presentation of this Dickens’ classic and it will be a great loss to anyone who fails to attend.”