A Christmas Carol (1960)

A Christmas Carol (1960) is an full cast recording of Charles Dickens's famous holiday story, starring Sir Ralph Richardson as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Paul Scofield as the narrator. The original recording was released in 1960. It is presented as a series of streaming YouTube videos.

Audio book adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic book, A Christmas Carol, starring distinguished English actors, Sir Ralph Richardson and Paul Scofield. Recording from 1960.

Ebenezer Scrooge … Sir Ralph Richardson
Narrator … Paul Scofield
Fred … Frederick Treves
Marley … Douglas Wilmer
Spirit of Christmas Past … David Dodimead
Feceiwig … Norman Mitchell
Spirit of Christmas Present … Willoughby Goddard
Bob Cratchet … James Culliford

Gramophone magazine review (December 1961):

“It is not so long ago that we had Frank Pettingell reading A Christmas Carol, and, of course, Bransby Williams' famous impersonation of Scrooge is rightly still available. Now here comes Sir Ralph Richardson illuminating a narrative beautifully read by Paul Scofield. Sir Ralph is very fine here, particularly at the end, where his asides spell out the consummate actor that he is. This record is, of course, only of extracts, but the kernel of the story is here, and there is enough detail to give the flavour of the writing.”