Everyone knows and loves A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge is mean spirited and cold-hearted but, when four ghostly spirits pay him a visit on Christmas Eve, will he learn to change his ways?
Leeds Playhouse are reproducing their hit retelling of the Charles Dickens classic this Christmas. It’s been adapted for the stage by Deborah McAndrew and will be directed by Amy Leach. The duo are an absolute powerhouse of talent so it’s sure to be a magical production.
The show last came to Leeds as part of the Playhouse’s Pop-Up Season, and it’s being wonderfully recreated. Set and Costume Designer Hayley Grindle’s ingenuine design will integrate all COVID-19 safety measures to magical effect. In true Playhouse style, British Sign Language will be integrated at every show too.
I’m particularly excited to know the cast. Jack Lord, a Playhouse favourite, will play Ebenezer Scrooge, while Stephen Collins and Nadia Nadarajah play Bob and Mrs Cratchit. Regular Leeds Playhouse fans will know the Leeds Playhouse Pop-Up Ensemble very well, and will no doubt be delighted to see some familiar faces this Christmas. The cast includes Dan Parr (Romeo & Juliet, Leeds Playhouse) as Young Scrooge and Fred, Tessa Parr (Hamlet, Leeds Playhouse) as Christmas Past, and Lladel Bryant (Road, Leeds Playhouse) as Dick Wilkins and Topper. Everal Walsh and Lisa Howard complete the cast.
Director Amy Leach says: “It feels particularly lovely this year to be sharing a magical Christmas story with audiences featuring ghosts waiting to perform in a dimly lit theatre, reflecting the hopeful stoicism of the many wonderful artists who have been waiting for theatres to reopen in the wake of the pandemic. A Christmas Carol gives us a truly magical opportunity to come together again and to share a story infused with goodwill, festive spirit and optimism.”
The Playhouse is offering 1,000 free tickets for NHS workers for the show as part of the #LeedsSaysThanks scheme. Artistic Director of Leeds Playhouse James Brining explains: “This will be a unique and perhaps unusual Christmas for many of us and we want to play our part in helping it to still be a celebratory time by expressing our heartfelt thanks to the key workers – especially those in the NHS – who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Their selfless and brave dedication has been a lesson to us all. It feels appropriate – and, indeed, is a real pleasure – to show our appreciation on behalf of the Playhouse and our audiences.”
Don’t miss A Christmas Carol at Leeds Playhouse from 3rd December to 9th January.