PSC presents A Christmas Carol

Actor Neil McGarry performs the classic a one-man show

Seeing some version of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol has become a holiday tradition. This year Prague Shakespeare Company is presenting a one-man show starring new England-based actor Neil McGarry that uses just the original text of the famous story.

The play will be performed six times between Dec. 14 and 17 at Divadlo na Prádle in Malá Strana, next to Kampa park.

The production is directed by Ross MacDonald and created under the auspices of the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company.

McGarry has been doing the play for several years in North America and it is now making its European debut. It is performed in English.

His performance won “Best Solo Performance of 2014” from the Independent Reviewers of New England and was named “Best of Boston” by critic Jules Becker.

McGarry portrays each character of the story but tries to make the audience believe they are watching a full company of players, with not only Scrooge but the Christmas ghosts and minor characters like Bob Cratchit and his family.

The actor’s first experience with a version of the play goes back to a production in high school, where he played Scrooge.

While the setting of the story, published in 1843, is Victorian England, when working conditions were harsh and life for poor people was particularly difficult in the winter, many of the story’s messages are still particularly relevant.

McGarry has said previously that inhumanity and ignorance are still issues facing people today. He hopes to bring Dickens’ message of hope and compassion to the modern audience through each of the many characters.

McGarry has extensive experience on the stage, particularly in Shakespearean roles, in the New England area, and is a founder of the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company. He was a company member for 10 years at Boston’s Publick Theatre under artistic director Spiro Veloudos.

On stage, he has played in Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth and The Winter’s Tale and directed and appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in Hamlet.

Neil’s film and television credits include Frank the Bastard, Edge of Darkness, The Proposal, Killing Dinner, Fall Apart, Absent Father, Bust, Stranger, Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator, PBS/American Experience: Alexander Hamilton, ABC TV’s All My Children, and Showtime’s Brotherhood.

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