Rehearsal photography is released today of the cast and creative team for A Christmas Carol, giving the first, behind-the-scenes look at Academy award-winning actor Jim Broadbent preparing for his long-awaited return to stage as Ebenezer Scrooge alongside fellow cast Adeel Akhtar, Amelia Bullmore, Keir Charles and Samantha Spiro with puppeteers Jack Parker and Kim Scopes completing the ensemble.
This new version of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Patrick Barlow from Charles Dickens’ classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption will play a strictly limited run at the Noël Coward Theatre from 30 November to 30 January. Many performances are sold out with best availability in January.
From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mr. Fezziwig, Patrick Barlow’s imaginative adaptation of A Christmas Carol will bring some of Dickens’ most memorable characters to life at the Noël Coward Theatre this winter.
Coming together to create this innovative new work are some of our most loved and mischievous maverick theatre-makers. The play is written by the Olivier award-winning and Tony nominated Patrick Barlow (The 39 Steps) with whom Jim Broadbent performed for many years in Barlow’s cult comedy troupe The National Theatre of Brent. A Christmas Carol is directed by Olivier award-winning Phelim McDermott, Artistic Director of Improbable, one of Britain’s most inventive theatre companies, who is responsible for the iconic production Shockheaded Peter. McDermott also directed Theatre of Blood at the National Theatre in which Broadbent last appeared on stage. Joining them is the critically-acclaimed designer Tom Pye (The Testament of Mary, The Death of Klinghoffer, The Low Road) and Toby Sedgwick (War Horse, The 39 Steps) as Director of Movement, Peter Mumford will design the lighting and Gareth Fry will design sound.
A Christmas Carol and The Mackintosh Foundation are proud to be supporting St Martin-in-the-Fields’ Christmas Appeal by donating 50 pence for each ticket purchased. The appeal raises money to assist homeless people with shelter, food, help and advice. Customers, as part of the purchasing process, will be asked if they would also like to donate 50 pence with each ticket purchased. Registered charity no 1156305/261359.
A Christmas Carol is playing at the Noel Coward Theatre from 30 November 2015-30 January 2016. Click here to book tickets
Photos: Marc Brenner