Downton Abbey star set for A Christmas Carol reading at Knebworth House

PUBLISHED: 16:31 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:18 20 September 2016

Knebworth House at dusk

Knebworth House at dusk


An actor who has appeared in Downton Abbey and The Durrells will give a special reading of Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol at Knebworth House this winter.

Actor Jeremy Swift will read A Christmas Carol at Knebworth HouseActor Jeremy Swift will read A Christmas Carol at Knebworth House

Writer Charles Dickens was a regular visitor to Knebworth House, performing plays and readings with the Lytton family.

So it is fitting that there will be a reading of one of Dickens’ most famous works at the historic Hertfordshire stately home this Christmas.

Knebworth House presents a fireside reading of festive classic A Christmas Carol, read by Downton Abbey and The Durrells actor Jeremy Swift, on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11.

There will also be festive musical accompaniment.

Guests will be offered a glass of delicious warm mulled wine and a mince pie before taking their seats in the Banqueting Hall, which will be decorated especially for Christmas.

Novelist Charles Dickens was a friend of the Lytton family and often performed plays and readings in the Banqueting Hall at Knebworth House.

Actor Jeremy Swift has appeared in various stage productions at the National Theatre and also hit productions in London’s West End.

His film credits include classic titles such as Gosford Park and Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist.

He is a familiar face on television and has played roles in Next of Kin, Blind Men, the BBC mini-series Vanity Fair, The Smoking Room, The Crimson Field and Foyle’s War.

In Downton Abbey, Jeremy played the Dowager Countess of Grantham’s butler, Spratt.

He has recently been seen as Dennis, manservant to Countess Mavrodaki, in hit ITV series The Durrells.

Pre-booking for A Christmas Carol is recommended as these performances are expected to sell out.

Knebworth HouseKnebworth House

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday evening performances at 7.30pm are £27.50.

The Sunday matinee at 3.30pm costs £25 per person.

There will be a 20-minute interval during which drinks may be purchased and guests will have an opportunity to wander through some of the rooms on the ground floor of the House.

Parking will be in the Courtyard directly in front of Knebworth House.

For the Sunday matinee performance, earliest entry into the Park is 2.45pm.

The House door opens at 3pm, the performance starts at 3.30pm and concludes at approximately 5.30pm.

Earliest entry into the Park for the evening performances is 6.45pm.

The House door will open at 7pm, with the performance starting 30 minutes later and finishing around 9.30pm.

• Visit the Knebworth House website at for more information and bookings.

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