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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