A Christmas Carol

‘A Christmas Carol is an immortal classic that never fades.’


This adaptation by Writer/Director Liam Meagher brought to you by the producers of Red Iron, promises to treat you and yours to the ultimate seasonal story.

A timeless tale of heart-warming joy and redemption, we will journey with Ebenezer Scrooge and much-loved characters through a story of how society can be transformed for the better through human generosity, kindness and compassion.

First published in 1843, Charles Dickens created this Victorian classic drawing on observations of the lives and dire straits of the poorest people living in London at the time. Ebenezer the miser has closed his heart to memories he would rather forget. With Christmas Spirit disrupting his normal business routine, and visitations from his deceased business partner Jacob Marley, Ebenezer is faced with his past, and the decisions he has made on a lonely life’s quest, that of satisfying his greed.  

If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!”

Preview : 29 Nov 2021 & 30 Nov 2021



1 Dec 2021 — 21 Dec 2021



Ticket Price: 

Family Ticket : 2 Adults & 3 Children €90.00

Family Ticket : 2 Adults & 2 Children €75.00

Singel Ticket : €22.00

Wheelchair Seat : €22.00


Michael Grant

Michael Grant has a long history in Waterford Theatre dating back to the 1970’s when he first booked the Theatre Royal at age 16 for a bunch of kids from the top of the town calling themselves the City Entertainers. Michael progressed to directing shows during the manic ‘Tops’ days making two national finals and six national semi-finals. He then exited for a life in business as a director with Suir Engineering Ltd, not returning to showbusiness for nearly twenty years.

Upon his return, he teamed up with Padraig O Griofa and produced many Theatre Royal Variety Shows, radio documentaries and radio drama. Eventually working with good local writers such as Pat Daly, Tony Corcoran and the Jim Nolan to produce wonderful theatrical drama and some good comedy.

This is once again a joint production with Padraig O Griofa. Our last production was also here in Garter Lane Theatre with ‘The Red Iron’ in November 2019 written and directed by Jim Nolan. Before that, we had the riotous ‘Bilberry Goats’ in February 2019 written by Tony Corcoran. Expect to see more in 2022.

With this show, we get the opportunity to be part of a great production, directed and adapted for this stage by Liam Meagher.

A Christmas Carol’ is a timeless classic that never fades. Welcome back to live theatre and to Waterford, Irelands best city to live in.


Pádraig Ó Gríofa

Pádraig Ó Gríofa’s journey in theatre began at the age of six as part of a school theatrical production. Pádraig’s initial forays into acting throughout his childhood and teenage years lead to an interest in producing shows. Pádraig re-established Waterford Pantomime Society with his close friend Jimmy Kelly in 1984. The production duo went on to produce all performances by the society for the next twenty years before retiring. Pádraig and Micheal Grant began working together in the early 2000s. This creative partnership has led to the production of many shows such as The Variety show, The Bilberry Goats, The Hall, and The Red Iron.

Pádraig and Michael separately attended a production of A Christmas Carol in London fifteen years ago starring the great Tommy Steele. Since viewing this production they have both been eager to bring a production of this show to Waterford City and the south-east. After eighteen dismal months for Ireland’s creative and cultural sector, the opportunity to realise this magical piece of theatre on a stage with actors and an audience is now possible.
We truly hope you enjoy this production about the true spirit of Christmas.



Liam Meagher (Writer/Director)

Liam Meagher has worked in the Waterfords art scene for more than thirty years. From the early days of Red Kettle to Little Red Kettle for whom he still writes and directs the annual school interactive show. He has also worked extensively with Waterford Youth Arts and The Healing Arts Trust. He has also directed numerous short films with the SWAY project in St. John’s Park. He is delighted to be working with such a fantastic all-Waterford cast on this production.



Andrew Holden (Actor)

Andrew trained with the Gaiety School of Acting and The London School of Musical Theatre.

His previous credits include appearances with The Gate Theatre, The Cork Opera House, Waterford Spraoi, Little Red Kettle, Bryan Flynn Theatrix and Long Road Productions amongst others. Other appearances include The Gods Are Angry Miss Kerr by Jim Nolan, Dissident by Pat Daly, a European tour with Riverdance, a national tour of The Collector and The Lonesome West at The Everyman in Cork. Most recently Andrew has appeared in The Shakespeare Review at The Theatre Royal Waterford for the third time and The Eugene O’Neill International Festival in New Ross for a second.



Joe Meagher (Actor)

A professional actor, director and writer for over thirty years, Joe has worked and toured extensively with theatre companies such as Red Kettle, Corcadorca, Rigout Productions and Broken Crow. He has also appeared in several programmes on RTE Radio One including The History Show, The Johnny Coffin Diaries and The Reindeer That Got Left Behind. Joe also teaches drama to young people and is a regular member of the Little Red Kettle team that tours annually to approximately seventy primary schools throughout the Southeast and as a musician and songwriter is a member of Waterford band Birds of Burden and recently released a solo album entitled On Unforgiving Themes with The Remains of Reason Ensemble. He is delighted to be involved with this innovative new production of one of the great classics of western literature.



Anne O’Riordan (Actor)

Anne trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. 

Theatre credits include Ghosting (Theatre Royal Waterford, Irish Repertory Theatre New York, Katzpace London), King Lear (Theatre Royal, Waterford), I and You (GEST), The Lonesome West (Royal Court, Liverpool), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Octagon Theatre), Gulliver’s Travels (Octagon Theatre), Alice (Theatre in the Quarter), Fallen Angels (Frinton Summer Theatre), Overshadowed(Sunday’s Child Theatre Company), The Merry Wives of Windsor(Merely Theatre), Cinderella (Octagon Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Red Kettle Theatre Company). 

Television/film credits include: Call the Midwife(BBC), Doctors (BBC), The Clinic (RTÉ), 32A (Janey Pictures).



Kieran Walsh

Kieran is an actor, a reactor, and pro-tractor. He began in Loose Screw Theatre’s Boxer, and since then has worked on productions of The Crucible, Our Town, Shadow of Heroes, One Hundred Thousand Breaths, Henry VI Part III, Six Days’ Work, Wife to James Whelan, The Hall, The January Show, Assassins, Raymond & Dutch: The Case of the Last Green Bag, and, in recent years, Macbeth and (eventually) Prince of Denmark. He also absconded to Russia to appear in the television series Пекарь и красавица, which is exactly what it says on the tin.



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