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A Child's Christmas In Wales

From 7 critic and 41 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Fluffy

About the show

This Irish Rep tradition features both classic and contemporary Christmas music interwoven with Dylan Thomas’s story of a snowy Christmas Day in Wales. More…

"A Child’s Christmas in Wales," celebrates the "never to be forgotten day at the end of the unremembered year," when songs are sung, cakes and sweets are abundant, and the frozen city parks are laden with mysteries and adventures for wild boys and girls to explore.

Front Row Center

“In ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’...Thomas weaves evocative text into a rich tapestry of enchantment...Moore brings Thomas’s memories to life in this adaptation of his popular reverie. Christmas carols and storytelling sparkle with humor and a large dose of nostalgia. Both Moore’s original music and the traditional holiday fare are arranged for the cast of six in refreshing harmony...The cast is chock full of excellent singers.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“In this stage version, using original songs, as well as traditional Christmas music from around the world, Thomas’s beautiful prose is augmented in a delightful and charming fashion...You cannot escape the warmth of an evening that embodies the spirit of Christmas any better. In its simplicity, marked by expert singing and musical arrangements, the full cast of three men and three women is superb.” Full Review

The Wall Street Journal

"Both faithful in spirit to Dylan Thomas’s 1950 prose poem and as sweetly moving in its own unassuming right...The result illustrates to irresistible effect Thomas’s notion that 'the singing of songs and the speaking of verse, which is what we do at Christmas, is the only fit way for humans to communicate with each other.' It warms the heart like a blazing Yule log." Full Review


"The perfect show for celebrating the company's 30th anniversary season...The acting is robust, humorous, and intentionally exaggerated for comic effect...A true ensemble piece, with each cast member eventually stepping into the limelight...But, truth be told, the show gains more spice with Moore's theatrical trimmings: traditional carols, original songs, contemporary poems, and Celtic step-dancing tossed in for good measure." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“If you prefer your holiday cheer tuneful, sweet and short, you'll do no better than the Irish Repertory Theatre's latest revival...Key to the the sensitive piano accompaniment...Bell plays with a light and delicate touch that signals he understands that less is frequently more...He never covers the singers or overwhelms the song with unnecessary flourishes...Blessed with a lush and festive set...’A Child's Christmas in Wales’ is the perfect anecdote for your inner Grinch.” Full Review


"In some ways, the piece is as much a musical recital as a play. It's filled with song: traditional carols and Welsh airs, as well as more recent compositions (some penned by Moore). Each cast member gets at least a couple of good solo spots-with Barasch and O'Connell perhaps making the best impressions, musically speaking. But the group numbers-especially the ones in round and quasi-madrigal style-are among the most enjoyable. Musical director John Bell accompanies it all." Full Review

New Yorker

“Stage adaptation by Charlotte Moore, who also directs...This is a full-on Christmas musical, including a set that looks like the inside of a snow globe and the unapologetic performance of nearly two dozen Yuletide carols. If these conditions are acceptable to you, the experience will be cozy and sweet and funny and warm, with subtle undertones of melancholy and loss." Full Review

Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if U love christmas carols & decorations. Comedic as well.

Don't see it if You're a Grinch!

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if Want a little boost in the Christmas spirit. Beautiful staged and the carol singing is lovely

Don't see it if You can’t take a little sentimentality in your Christmas cup

Delightful, Great singing, Nostalgic

See it if you'd like to take a sentimental journey.

Don't see it if you require your holiday entertainment to be on a Radio City Music Hall scale.

Also Charlotte Moore's adaptation of the Dylan Thomas story is becoming a t... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like nostalgic, old-fashioned Christmas. Fabulous singing!

Don't see it if "old-fashioned" isn't for you and you prefer modern Holiday celebrations.

Also I am not from Wales but "A Child's Christmas in Wales" certainly remin... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you like the story or recording on which it is based; enjoy nostalgia; will enjoy hearing some beautifully sung Christmas music.

Don't see it if you dislike Christmas music, nostalgia, sentimentality, and simple plots with no real "action."

Also I wasn't sure I would like this adaptation, but it is truly excellent.

Great singing, Great staging, Charming, Delightful, Heartwarming

See it if you want the warmth of a Xmas fireside, family & friends, and a child's holiday joy -- with Xmas music amidst Thomas' lovely prose poem.

Don't see it if you want major plot or flashy effects. This is sweet, heartwarming, beautifully staged, with lovely performances & singing (esp. Barasch).

Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want to be put in the Christmas spirit and enjoy a family-friendly outing (other than the usual Nutcracker/Christmas Spectacular fare).

Don't see it if You want a sophisticated storyline, hate Christmas carols, or are feeling Grinchy.

Also A very charming production that spreads Christmas cheer to children an... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you want to spend about 90 minutes being entertained with music, humor and delightful nostalgia.

Don't see it if you need something big. The 6 singers (including violinist) and pianist perform traditional carols and some written by Charlotte Moore.

Also What a lovely respite from the real world. The audience exited with sm... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Heartwarming

See it if Memories of a childhood interspersed with music - songs accompanied by violin and piano. A wonderful Nicholas Barasch as narrator and *

Don't see it if you absolutely need the carols to directly relate to the story being related

Also *singer. He was wonderful!

Great singing, Pleasant

See it if This is a pleasant evening of Christmas songs, well sung, with a bit of connective tissue. Good voices, and entertaining sections.

Don't see it if The connective tissue was rather weak, and the evening had no momentum. Better probably to approach this as a concert rather than theater.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Dated, Fluffy

See it if You want a warm, fuzzy Christmas show of stories & singing. You enjoy verse plays. You want an old-fashioned, in a good way, Christmas show.

Don't see it if You're allergic to Christmas. You prefer more contemporary Christmas songs & stories. You dislike poetry. You prefer more elaborate staging.

Delightful, Great singing, Charming

See it if Very good interweaving of Thomas' poem with classic Christmas songs sung and told by excellent performers. Left feeling so happy.

Don't see it if Don't like traditional Christmas stories, operatic or serious singing with intention.

Delightful, Great singing, Great writing, Enchanting

See it if If you love language, you will love this. It is a joy to watch and listen to the words and the music

Don't see it if You are looking for a shiny, glitzy shallow piece. It is joyous and thought provoking

Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Dated, Quirky

See it if Irish Rep's unabashedly sentimental (but dated) ode to seasonal joys On a Christmas card set, singing actors handle Thomas' paean w/aplomb

Don't see it if The singing sustains the drama as the prose can get dense and hard to follow slowing pace Moore keeps story moving & Barasch's Dylan shines

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Traditional

See it if you're looking for a quaint, charming Christmas show--something innocent and entertaining.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with edge or a traditional narrative. This is a series of stories recited with music.

Effective, Thin, Light, Musical, Seasonal

See it if you’d like to hear a smart set of Christmas carols, old & original, affectingly sung, strung together with snippets from the classic story.

Don't see it if you want something more than a holiday show.

Also This is a superior Christmas show. It is not more than that, but if th... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if If you want to see people pretend to reminisce and mostly just sing Christmas songs (some of which are in Welsh)

Don't see it if You're looking for real drama.

Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want a nice fuzzy feeling about Christmas with family and friends. Good reflection of childhood memories and the true meaning of the

Don't see it if You dislike Christmas music and nostalgia

Also holiday. Great staging and singing.

Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to experience a delightful celebration for the holiday season. This is a charming blend of story and music.

Don't see it if you are a curmudgeon aspiring to Scrooge status who hates the carols and stories that go with family celebrations.

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Fluffy

See it if you want to enjoy the holiday spirit of times past with remembrances of Christmas customs, the carols well-sung and traditional setting.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play or musical with a plot. The borrows a Christmas story and adds the old and new songs of the season.

A delightful holiday play. charm. music. holiday memories.

See it if You enjoy a nostalgic look at Christmas from Dylan Thomas

Don't see it if If you want a Christmas concert only.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if The Irish Rep produces a lovely Dylan Thomas story of Christmas in Wales. The perfect holiday family show.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not interested in seasonal stories.

Old-fashioned, Lovely music, Traditional and nostalgic, Cozy, Entertaining

See it if Love sound of nice voices singing tradit. music & hearing Dylan Thomas' poetic & resonant words in a charming presentation. Enjoyable.

Don't see it if You want something modern, are a Grinch about Christmas, don't like the lush, sly & evocative prose of Thomas. This has a gentle spirit.

Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like acting and singing and Are not too interested in the story line

Don't see it if You want A coherent linear storyline

Great singing, Disappointing, Slow, Cute

See it if You want a cute, sweet, concert with a little dialogue mixed in.

Don't see it if You want an actual play. Great singing with a back ground story makes for an inoffensive production but nothing to write home about.

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