Veteran actor Jim Broadbent is to return to the stage to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a new version ofA Christmas Carol this Christmas at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. The show will preview from 30 November.
Adapted byPatrick Barlowfrom Charles Dickens’ classic story, first published in 1843, Barlow’s production ofA Christmas Carolwill bring some of Dickens’ most memorable characters to life. Broadbent’s fellow cast members will be announced shortly.
Barlow and Broadbent worked together for many years in Barlow’s cult comedy offering,The National Theatre of Brent, a spoof two-man theatre company. Broadbent’s earlier stage work included the Royal Court and the National Theatre.
A Christmas Carolwill be directed by Olivier award-winningPhelim McDermott, Artistic Director of theatre company Improbable, with designerTom Pye, Director of Movement Toby Sedgwick, lighting designer Peter Mumford andsound designer Gareth Frycompleting the creative team.
A Christmas Caroland The Mackintosh Foundation will support St Martin-in-the-Fields’ ChristmasAppeal 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 eachticket purchased.
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