Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol to hit the Big Smoke
In these strange times, there are two joyful constants to illuminate the darkness with glitter and kitsch - Christmas and Dolly Parton.
And these two jolly juggernauts are colliding for brand new, South Bank show, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at Queen Elizabeth Hall from 8 December 2022 until 8 January.
The gloriously camp show is set in the 1930s and replaces Charles Dickens’ Big Smoke with Dolly’s giant, Smoky Mountains in country music’s home, East Tennessee and it is filled with Dolly’s hits.
In this adaptation, the mean-spirited, Christmas-dissing Ebenezer Scrooge owns a mining company in the mountains, where people are working nine to five, what a way to make a living, barely getting by, it’s all taking and no giving… etc.
He is visited by a trio of ghosts on Christmas Eve during a snowstorm, who teach him the error of his ways and transform him into and kind and gentle man, through the unstoppable power of Dolly hits.
The production first opened in America in 2019 with small test runs and has been written by David H. Bell, Paul T. Couch and Curt Wollan, with songs by Dolly, but this will be the production’s first, full stage show.
Dolly says: "My songs weave the music of my beautiful Smoky Mountains into this timeless Christmas story. Bringing our reimagined Charles Dickens' classic to London feels like a homecoming.
“And I can’t wait for London audiences to hear them as we tell that story, set in a place that is truly special to me.”
We'll be there with Christmas bells on to rejoice in Dolly's magnificent mountains.
Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Tickets on sale now. Runs 8 December 2022 - 8 January 2023