Returning to The Old Vic by popular demand is Jack Thorne’s (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) joyous adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol directed by Matthew Warchus (Matilda The Musical). This timeless classic has been spectacularly reimagined for the modern stage, with a uniquely immersive in the round seating, which brings the audience that bit closer to the uplifting story. Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, entrancing lanterns, music and merriment, this production is a love song to Christmas and the power of both forgiveness and redemption.
Stephen Tompkinson plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Notable stage performances include King Arthur in Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre and Arsenic and Old Lace at the previously named Strand Theatre. On television, he is best known for starring in DCI Banks and Wild at Heart.
The cast is completed by Rosanna Bates, Ava Brennan, Jamie Cameron, Peter Caulfield, Oliver Evans, Nicola Hughes, Eugene McCoy, Myra McFadyen, Frances McNamee, Alastair Parker, Michael Rouse, Tim van Eyken and Witney White.
Businessman Ebenezer Scrooge has a reputation for being a miser. Not only does he overwork and underpay his employees like clerk Bob Cratchit whose son, Tiny Tim, is crippled and close to death, but for him, Christmas is a “humbug”. He prefers to avoid spending time with his family and wants nothing to do with his nephew, Fred, whose birth cost Scrooge the life of his sister.
On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the chained and tormented ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley. He is then visited by three apparitions, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come. Transported to each of these worlds Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself. The ghosts offer him one last chance to change his ways and save himself from the grim fate that befell his firend Marley. Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late?
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