A Christmas Carol - Musical Adaptation at the Arts Theatre from 11 Nov 2009 with Gareth Hale

A Christmas Carol - Musical Adaptation at the Arts Theatre from 11 Nov 2009 with Gareth Hale

A musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, by Susie McKenna, with music by Steve Edis, opens at the Arts Theatre 25 Nov 2009, following previews from 11 Nov - running to 10 Jan 2010.

Actor and comedian Gareth Hale plays Scrooge. He is best known as one half of the comedy duo Hale and Pace. With Norman Pace, their comedy partnership fronted several television programmes such as Hale and Pace, Pushing Up Daisies, The Management, The Saturday Gang and Jobs for the Boys. Hale played Doug MacKenzie from 2003 – 2005 in Channel 5’s soap Family Affairs and in 2008 he joined the cast of The Royal to play head porter Jack Bell.

The cast also includes Simon Lipkin, Rebecca Thornhill , Michael Matus. (The show will also include the 'voices' of Matthew White as Charlie the Theatre Mouse and Sharon D. Clarke as Bentolina the Theatre Cat.)

It is directed by Susie McKenna, designed by Lotte Collett, lighting by David Howe, choreography by Frank Thompson, sound by Richard Brooker. Musical director is Ian MacGregor. The puppet designer and fabricator is Scott Brooker. It is produced by Tiny Tim Productions.

When Christmas-hating Sidney and his nephew Danny accidentally get locked in a theatre, the last thing they expect is to have to perform A Christmas Carol on stage in front of an expectant audience, aided by two out-of-work actors, the resident theatre cat, and a mouse with stage fright. But of course this is no ordinary night at the theatre, and a sumptuous sprinkling of festive charm is about to transform this Dickens classic like never before...So as they set about putting on a show with whatever props and costumes they can get their hands on, and with a little help from the audience too, we’re whisked away on Scrooge’s magical journey to rediscover his love of life, mankind and Christmas.

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