The Christmas Carol industry remains a thriving one, and Dickens’s self-described “ghost story of Christmas” has certainly experienced many and varied appropriations since the novella was published in 1843. Even so, it’s hard not to feel that writer-director Alexander Knott only muddies the water with Cratchit, a worthy expansion of a script, December, that Knott premiered online during lockdown late in 2020; that version was filmed at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Knott’s artistic home, with Ryan...
Olivier Award-winner John Dagleish stars as Bob Cratchit in Alexander Knott’s Cratchit, a reimagining of the well-loved tale of Ebenezer Scrooge from the perspective of Bob Cratchit. Dagleish won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Sunny Afternoon at the Hampstead Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre. He is joined by Freya Sharp as Martha Cratchit, who’s previous work includes The Bandaged Woman and Nuclear War at the Old Red Lion.
A bitterly cold winter in London Town, and as it turns out, Ebenezer Scrooge wasn’t the only person to be visited by spirits one bleak and haunted Christmas Eve. In this thrilling new twist on a beloved Dickens classic, Bob Cratchit is taken on a time-bending journey through Christmas future. Originally entitled December, the play was filmed and streamed from the Old Red Lion Theatre last year to great acclaim. Reworked, Cratchit now receives its live world premiere at Park Theatre this Christmas.
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Cast and creative
By: Alexander Knott
Director: Alexander Knott
Cast list: John Dagleish, Freya Sharp
Set: Emily Bestow
Costume: Emily Bestow
Lighting: Chloe Kenward
Sound: James Demaine and Samuel Heron
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John Dagleish originated the role of Bob Cratchit in Jack Thorne's adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic. This Christmas, he'll play Bob Cratchit once more in a new play, titled Cratchit. Cratchit is at the Park Theatre from 7 December to 8 January. Cratchit reimagines Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but this time it's Bob Cratchit's turn to be visited by the trio of festive spirits. Cratchit was streamed last year at the Old Red Lion Theatre, under the title December, but the play...