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A Christmas Carol - Charing Cross Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TALKWOOD Productions’ new musical version of Charles Dickens’ iconic classic, A Christmas Carol, is touring major UK theatres in the run-up to Christmas, culminating in a three-week run at London’s Charing Cross Theatre – from December 16, 2013 to January 4, 2014.

Written and devised by four young theatre professionals who met at school, A Christmas Carol features a top-quality professional cast, including established West End performers, and two teams of children, who will alternate on tour.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean and lonely man who prefers money to people. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited first by the spirit of Jacob Marley, his former business partner and then by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future who take him on an incredible journey using innovative special effects, lighting and the magic of Christmas to show him the error of his ways…

Joshua Sills directs a cast that includes Stephen Emery (as Ebenezer Scrooge), Pedro Gardiner (Ghost of Christmas Present), Emily Froggatt (Ghost of Christmas Past), Amanda K Hootman (Belle), Daniel Haslam (Young Scrooge), Gary Jerry (Bob Cratchit), Natalie Neagle (Mrs Cratchit), Joseph Houston (Fred) and Jennifer Harraghy (Clara).

Adapted by Stephen Leask and Joshua Sills, A Christmas Carol has music by Patrick A Rufey, lyrics by Jessica Rufey, musical supervision by Patrick Rufey, musical direction by Rob Wicks and choreography by James Houlbrooke.

Talkwood’s other production credits include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2008), Alice in Wonderland (2009) and Around the World in 80 Days (2011).

Tickets: £17 – £29.50; Groups 10+: child £16, adult £21. £2 booking fee applies to phone (08444 930 650) and online ( bookings.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm (except December 24, 25 and 31); matinees at 2.30pm on December 20, 21, 23, 27 and 28 and January 4).

Keeler continues at Charing Cross Theatre until December 14, 2013. Also at Charing Cross Theatre: Lost Boy, a dark sequel to Peter Pan reuniting J. M. Barrie’s characters as young adults on the eve of the First World War.