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Images released of Paterson Joseph and the cast rehearsing A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic

Paterson Joseph (Scrooge) in rehearsals for A Christmas Carol. Photo credit: Manuel Harlan.

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I SAW this production on Saturday evening, January 11, 2020, and everything I’d read about it – all of it good – was true. I came out of The Old Vic walking on air and with a wonderful sense of well being that stayed with me even after my long train journey home.

Like The Snowman, I hope Matthew Warchus’ A Christmas Carol is here to stay because it deserves to be as much a part of Christmas as the mince pies that were so freely given out in the auditorium.

Previously Posted: Images have been released of Paterson Joseph and the cast rehearsing for Matthew Warchus’ production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for Matthew Warchus’ production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol. Adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), it returns to The Old Vic from December 4, 2019 (previews from November 23) to January 18, 2020.

Joining previously announced Paterson Joseph as Ebenezer Scrooge (pictured right) are Melissa Allan, Kwêsi Edman, Hollie Edwin, Fred Haig, Nick Hart, Andrew Langtree, Myra McFadyen, Steven Miller (pictured below), Maria Omakinwa, Gloria Onitiri, James Staddon, Samuel Townsend and Rebecca Trehearn.

Rayhaan Kufuor-Gray, Lara Mehmet, Lenny Rush and Eleanor Stollery share the role of Tiny Tim.

Melissa Allan’s (Little Fan) theatre includes: Twelfth Night (Young Vic); A Christmas Carol (The Old Vic); Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre of Scotland/National Theatre/UK tour— Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Scotsman Fringe First Award, Herald Angel Award, The Stage Ensemble Award).

Kwêsi Edman’s (Young Ebenezer/George) theatre includes: An Octoroon, Antony and Cleopatra (National Theatre); and Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios). His other work includes: cellist with Southbank Sinfonia, Urban Soul Orchestra and Chineke! Orchestra; and Collaborations with contemporary dancers from Punchdrunk, The Royal Ballet, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Hollie Edwin’s (Jess) theatre includes: Dick Whittington (Lyric Hammersmith); Pride & Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre/UK tour); Vernon God Little, Time and the Conways, Macbeth, The Crucible (Italia Conti); and The Merchant Of Venice (National Youth Theatre). Her television includes: Glass Houses, Bounty Hunter and Holby City.

Fred Haig’s (Fred) theatre includes: The American Clock (The Old Vic); Follies (National Theatre); On the Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); and Ostrich Boys (Belgrade Theatre). His screen work includes: Summer of Rockets (TV); Ironbark (film).

Nick Hart’s (Nicolas) theatre includes: Shakespeare in Love (West End); and Macbeth (Wilton’s Music Hall). Music for television and radio includes: Peaky Blinders, Holby City and The People’s Post. Hart has also released two solo albums: Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs and Nick Hart Sings Nine English Folk Songs and plays for various types of English and European Folk Dancing.

Andrew Langtree’s (Father/Marley) theatre includes: Groundhog Day (The Old Vic); Ghost The Musical (West End/China tour); Oppenheimer (RSC/West End); The Shoemaker’s Holiday (RSC); The Rose Tattoo (National Theatre); A Stroke of Luck (Park Theatre), Sherlock: The Best Kept Secret (Leeds Playhouse/UK tour); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatr Clwyd); and Of Mice and Men (Octagon, Bolton).

Langtree’s screen work includes: Emmerdale, Doctors, Coronation Street, Heartbeat, The Royal, Holby City and Cutting It (TV); De-lovely (film).

Myra McFadyen’s (Ghost of Christmas Past) theatre includes: A Christmas Carol (The Old Vic); Mamma Mia! (West End); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Rhinoceros (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh); and Macbeth (National Theatre).

McFadyen’s screen credits includes: Dracula, Monarch of the Glen VI, Jonathan Creek, Teachers, Mr Charity, Rose and Maloney and Rebus (TV); Emma, Our Ladies, The Kid Who Would Be King, Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again, Mamma Mia!, Made Of Honor, Rob Roy and Wedding Belles (film).

Steven Miller

Steven Miller’s (Bob Cratchit) theatre includes: Richard III (The Old Vic); The Lord of the Rings (West End); Othello (Lyric Hammersmith); Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland); The James Plays (National Theatre of Scotland/UK and international Tour); The Blood Is Strong (Finborough Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible); and Paradise Lost, Two Noble Men, Canterbury Tales, Maria Marten and the Murder in the Red Barn, The Beaux Stratagem, Flare Path (Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company).

Miller’s screen work includes: Father Brown, Coming Up: Henry, Our Girl, Casualty, Holby City and The Bill (TV); Twelfth Night and A Christmas Carol (film).

Maria Omakinwa’s (Mrs Cratchit) theatre includes: Sylvia, A Christmas Carol (The Old Vic); Girl from the North Country, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, The Bodyguard, Avenue Q (West End); One Love (Birmingham Rep); Show Boat (New London Theatre/Sheffield Crucible); Soul Sister (UK tour); Little Shop of Horrors (Kilworth House Theatre); and Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales for Young and Old (The Bargehouse).

Gloria Onitiri’s (Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs Fezziwig) theatre includes: Green Living (The Old Vic); The Bodyguard, The Lion King, Avenue Q (West End); Chiaroscuro (Bush Theatre); Napoli, Brooklyn (Park Theatre); Hadestown, Wrong Songs for Christmas (National Theatre); Caroline Or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Taming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); and The Tempest (Theatre Royal Bath).

Onitiri’s screen work includes: Grace Under Pressure, Doctors, The Window, Bad Girls and Grass (TV); Resurrecting The Streetwalker (film).

James Staddon’s (Fezziwig) theatre includes: King Lear (The Old Vic); Journey’s End, Cyrano de Bergerac, Miss Saigon, King (West End); Goodnight Mr Tom (West End/UK tour); Birdsong (West End, UK and Ireland tour); Cymbeline, Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest (RSC); The Crucible, Les Misérables (RSC/West End); As You Like It, Tamer Tamed (RSC/US tour); The Beggar’s Opera (ENO/Bridewell Theatre); and Yarico (Sadler’s Wells/Barbados).

Staddon’s screen work includes: Bodyguard, Upstairs Downstairs, Emmerdale, Midsomer Murders, Coronation Street, EastEnders, Between the Lines, Doctors, Casualty, My Family and Bambino Mio (TV); Hamlet (film).

Samuel Townsend’s (Ferdy) theatre includes: The Picture of Dorian Gray (UK tour); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sheffield Crucible); Harold And Maude (Charing Cross Theatre); 84 Charing Cross Road (Salisbury Playhouse/Cambridge Arts Theatre); and As You Like It (Southwark Playhouse). His television includes: Doctors, The Royals and The Giblet Boys. Townsend trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with the Ian Fleming Award for Musical Theatre.

Rebecca Trehearn’s (Belle) theatre includes: Showboat (West End – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical), Ghost, Love Story, Dirty Dancing, We Will Rock You (West End); Kiss Me Kate (Watermill, Newbury); Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse); Les Misérables (Pimlico Opera); The Night Before Christmas, A Little of What You Fancy (Salisbury Playhouse); City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse); and Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory). Trehearn has also appeared on television in Dim Ond Y Gwir and Casualty.

As a registered charity itself, The Old Vic believes that it is vital to encourage those around us to support others. In recent years, through bucket collections at A Christmas Carol, audiences have raised over £200k for local charities Field Lane and The Felix Project. This year the theatre is launching a new Charity Partner scheme, with the chance for charities to nominate themselves to be the recipient of the festive bucket collection in 2019.

The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol will also be playing on Broadway this Christmas at The Lyceum Theatre from November 7 until January 5, 2020, starring Campbell Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge.

A Christmas Carol is suitable for ages ages 8+.