A Christmas Carol

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Matthew Warchus directs Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge in this joyous new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, penned by Harry Potter And The Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne. Read More >

Matthew Warchus directs Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge in this joyous new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, penned by Harry Potter And The Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne.

The Charles Dickens classic will be vividly brought back to the stage in a warm production full of merry music and festive cheer, recommended for families aged 11+.

Transporting audiences to a bitterly chilly Christmas Eve night, a hard-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts, who take him on a journey to worlds past, present and future.

But will Scrooge save himself from the results of a lifetime of fear and selfishness, now he can see the ramifications of his lonely existence?

Rhys Ifans has appeared frequently on stage, screen and television. He rose to prominence following his portrayal of Spike in the hugely successful romantic comedy Notting Hill. His other film roles include Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and Dr. Curt Connors in The Amazing Spider-Man. In 2016 he appeared alongside Glenda Jackson in the Old Vic’s production of King Lear.

Artistic Director Warchus’ extensive theatre credits include the Olivier Award-winning Groundhog Day musical, Matilda The Musical, and Tony Award-winning God Of Carnage. Matilda The Musical holds the record for most successful musical at the Olivier Awards winning seven awards including Best New Musical. Matthew was appointed Artistic Director of the Old Vic in 2015.

Olivier Award winner John Dagleish (Sunny Afternoon, West End) plays Bob Cratchit, a victim of Scrooge’s niggardly nature, while Alex Gaumond (Sweeney Todd, ENO) is Father / Marley.

Since its publication in 1843, A Christmas Carol has gone on to become one of the world’s most beloved stories. As well as many high profile stage adaptions it has been remade for film and television innumerous times. Some of the most famous film versions include Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim, and The Muppet Christmas Carol which starred Michael Caine.

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Age Recommendation: Recommended 11+. Contains haunting supernatural themes and some content which younger audiences may find upsetting.

Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 18/11/2017

Opening Night: 29/11/2017

Closing Night: 20/01/2018

Running time: TBC

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Cast & Creative


Ebenezer Scrooge - Rhys Ifans

Bob Cratchit - John Dagleish

Father / Marley - Alex Gaumond

Little Fan - Melissa Allan

Young Ebenezer / George - Jamie Cameron

Belle - Erin Doherty

Ensemble - Oliver Evans

Nicholas - Tim van Eyken

Jess - Siena Kelly

Fred - Eugene McCoy

Ghost of Christmas Past - Myra McFadyen

Mrs Cratchit - Maria Omakinwa

Fezziwig - Alastair Parker

Ghost of Christmas Present / Mrs Fezziwig - Golda Roshuevel

Tiny Tim - Toby Eden,  Grace Fincham, Ethan Quinn, Lenny Rush



Director - Matthew Warchus

Producer - The Old Vic

Designer - Rob Howell

Lighting Designer - Hugh Vanstone

Movement Director - Lizzi Gee

Sound - Simon Baker

Author - Charles Dickens

Music By - Chris Nightingale

Voice Coach - Charlie Hughes D'Aeth


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