A CLASSIC Christmas tale will be retold on a Dorchester stage.

A heart-warming adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol uses an array of traditional and modern instruments and authentic musical arrangements.

It comes to Dorchester Arts on Wednesday, December 18 at 8pm.

It brims with warmth, wit and wonder. Modern-day balladeers GreenMatthews take the well-loved festive adventure back to its Victorian fireside roots, painting a vivid and evocative picture of Dickens’ world.

Artistic director Mark Tattersall said: “Green Matthews always impress with their musical interpretations of classic tales. Their musical version of A A Christmas Carol: In Concert (GreenMatthews)Christmas Carol is uplifting and melodic, perfectly recapturing the simple Yuletide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer.”

Chris Green (voice, guitar, mandocello, piano), Sophie Matthews (voice, flute, English border bagpipes) and special guest Jude Rees (voice, oboe, melodeon) use a magical blend of new lyrics, traditional midwinter English folk tunes and carol melodies to illustrate the transformation of flinty-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge into the epitome of the Christmas spirit – warm-hearted, generous and loving.

Tickets are £12 full price or £10 for Members of Dorchester Arts, under-18s or those on low income and are available from the Dorchester Arts box office on 01305 266926, in person at the Corn Exchange (weekdays 10am - 4pm) or via www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.