This new comic re-telling of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Patrick Barlow from Charles Dickens’ classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption opened in the West End on 30 November starring Jim Broadbent as Ebenezer Scrooge.
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 over 10 years ago. 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 designs the lighting and Gareth Fry designs sound.
Jim Broadbent as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Credit Johan Persson
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Performances take place until Saturday 30 January from Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm at the Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London. Tickets from £20 (0844 482 5140; www.achristmascaroltheplay.com)