“Absolutely thrilling. The magic of Christmas lives on!”
Audience Feedback


12th - 24th December 2018

A unique and immersive Christmas experience taking place throughout Exeter's oldest building. Join Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey through past, present and future in this theatrical reimagining of Charles Dickens' classic ghost story A Christmas Carol.  

Following a sell-out run last year, Humbug! returns to St Nicholas Priory this December. Expect live music, video projections and plenty of festive cheer!

© Christopher Williams
© Christopher Williams
© Christopher Williams


December 12th - 24th
4pm & 7pm

Our box office opens 30 minutes before the show. We are unable to admit latecomers once a performance has started so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

St Nicholas Priory can get quite cold in winter. Warm layers and coats are highly recommended. 

The show lasts approximately 70 minutes and there is no interval. 


Adults - £12
Children - £8
Family - £34

Tickets can be purchased online or via the TicketSource box office:  0333 666 3366

Please note: Telephone bookings are subject to a £1.75 booking fee.

Recommended age: 8+

Humbug! has been designed with younger audience members in mind but aspects of the show may be too frightening for children of a sensitive nature. 


In order to keep the mysteries of the show a secret, the use of cameras and mobile phones is strictly prohibited.

St Nicholas Priory 

Situated just off Fore Street, St Nicholas Priory has recently reopened to the public following two years of major renovation.

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, the priory was home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years. In 1536, like other monasteries, it was closed and the remains became the home of wealthy Tudor merchants.

The two ranges remaining from the original four-sided structure are now managed by Exeter Historic Buildings Trust.


St Nicholas Priory is located in The Mint, a footway leading off from Fore Street a little down the hill from the traffic lights and The Mint Methodist Church. 


Toilet facilities are available on site before and after the show, but will not be accessible during the performance.


This is a promenade performance. Some seating will be available during the show but there may be sections where you are required to stand.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of this historic venue, Humbug! is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Audience Feedback

"An absolutely wonderful show in a stunning space. Brilliant, funny, moving, poignant and glittering performances. Was happily transported into magical settings and loved every minute of it. Joyous moments with friends and strangers in the true spirit of Christmas."

"Such a clever reinvention of a well-known Christmas story, achieving the apparently impossible in making it fresh and new!"

"A splendid seasonal entertainment leaving me striding through the winter streets of Exeter with a warm glow in my heart."  

"Our ten year olds guests absolutely loved it and were completely enthralled throughout, which is extremely rare for them with anything that lasts for more than ten minutes! We (the adults) also thought it was terrific and particularly enjoyed the puppetry, live music and atmospheric setting."

"To take such a well-known story and tell it in a way that felt like we were hearing it for the first time was sheer genius. You used the atmosphere of the stunning venue so brilliantly too. We thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Well done and thank you!"