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by Arthur M. Jolly

8-36 roles.
Running time: 75 mins.


Mrs. Dilber
Chestnut Vendor
Chimney Sweep
Mr. Stout
Mr. Portly
Bob Cratchit
Frederick Scrooge
Emily Cratchit
Jaxob (née Jacob) Marley
Belinda Cratchit
Martha Cratchit
Peter Cratchit
Tiny Tim Cratchit
Ghost of Christmas Past
Young Ebenezer
Mean Child
Meaner Child
Young Belle
Scrooge (18)
Belle (18)
Mr. Fezziwig
Mrs. Fezziwig
Cook's Brother
Ghost of Christmas Present
Clarabelicious Two-Poots
Ghost of Christmas Future
Little Match Girl
Dr. Jekyll
Sweet Tiny Tim
Ghost of Christmas Truce


London, 200 Years Ago


Mrs. Dilber - the housekeeper who takes Ebenezer Scrooge’s bedclothes in A Christmas Carol - makes an epic attempt to get some bedcurtains of her own, in spite of a series of ghosts and other diversions, on a night adjacent to the more familiar story.
Mrs Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains

About Mrs. Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains

Comedy, Full Length, Large Cast: 8-36 Actors plus ensemble

A Radio play version is available

Mrs Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains
A brand new play, looking for a premiere!

Mrs. Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains is a new version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - but instead of centering on the old rich guy, it features Mrs. Dilber - the housekeeper who takes his bedcurtains in the original - and her epic attempt to get some bedcurtains in spite of a series of ghosts and other diversions on a night adjacent to the more familiar story.
I wrote the play because, well, I'm so tired of A Christmas Carol. I mean, I like it - it's a fun play, and I've seen some lovely versions... but I want something a little different. I'm ready for a change, and when I want to see a play that suits my tastes exactly, luckily I have an easy solution. Write it!
It has some of the sillier tones of The Lady Demands Satisfaction, actually, even sillier in many places, but with the same elemental core of seriousness - although where Lady dives into gender roles, Mrs. Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains aims squarely at the social inequality that has only gotten worse since Dickens wrote the original.

NPX reviews of Mrs Dilbers Fabulous Bedcurtains

I had a wonderfully productive and informative table read with LA's Loft Ensemble Theatre - who produced The Lady Demands Satisfaction in 2018, and Long Joan Silver in 2017... so my fingers are crossed for next season!
A Radio Play version is also available! Contact me!

Sample Dialogue...

An excerpt from Mrs Dilbers Fabulous Bedcurtains

Mrs. Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains is available from the playwright for production.