J.C. Buckstone

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Buckstone in The Admirable Crichton, 1902

John Copeland Buckstone (9 September 1859 in Sydenham, London – 24 September 1924) was an English stage and film actor of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, who was most famous for his 1901 stage play Scrooge, which was the basis for the first film version of A Christmas Carol in the same year.[1] He was the son of the noted actor John Baldwin Buckstone and the brother of Lucy Isabella Buckstone.

Life and career[edit]

Buckstone's popular 1901 play Scrooge was quickly adapted by R.W. Paul for his film Scrooge, or, Marley's Ghost, the earliest known film adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. The script for the play was published by Samuel French Ltd.[2] Buckstone appeared in The Silver King at the Princess's Theatre, London, in 1882,[3] The Admirable Crichton with H. B. Irving in 1902 at the Duke of York's Theatre,[4][5] and The Adventures of Lady Ursula, Anthony Hope's 1898 play. He continued his success in The Silver King at Wallack's Theatre in New York City in 1883 and also performed for Wallack in Victor Durand in 1885.[citation needed]

Buckstone appeared in several early silent British films, including David Garrick (1913) and Scrooge (1913), starring Seymour Hicks as Ebenezer Scrooge.[6]


  1. ^ Guida, Fred. A Christmas Carol and its Adaptations: a Critical Examination of Dickens's Story on Screen and Television. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers (2000) pp. 66-67 Google Books
  2. ^ Scrooge on the Open Library website
  3. ^ The Silver King
  4. ^ Cast list in The Play Pictorial, No.11, 1903
  5. ^ Play Pictorial 1902-1910. Templeman Library, University of Kent at Canterbury
  6. ^ Buckstone on the Internet Movie Database

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