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Full casting announced for The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit

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Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit, which runs at Hope Mill Theatre from November 22 to December 29, 2019.

Ryan Kopel stars in the title role of Timothy. He is joined by Paul Greenwood, Michael Matus, Sammy Graham and Helen Pearson who star as Scrooge, Grimaldi, Lucy and Mrs Linden/Miss Poole respectively.

The cast also includes Trevor Whittaker as Quilp, Hannah Brown as Momo/Miss Tulips, Sadie-Jean Shirley as Aria, Dimitri Gripari, Tadek Chmiel and Tom Sterling.

The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit is a new musical with book by Allan Knee (the writer of Hope Aria’s 2017 hit musical, Little Women), and music and lyrics by newcomer Andre Catrini.

The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit tells the tale of a young man who sets out to find his place in an expanding and volatile world. Inspired by the characters of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, the story follows the plight of young Tim from the home of his benefactor, Ebenezer Scrooge, to the theatrical madness of the great comic, Giuseppe Grimaldi.

Ryan Kopel made his West End debut last year in The Inheritance (Noel Coward Theatre) and recently appeared in West Side Story (Edinburgh International Festival).

Paul Greenwood has previously starred in Arthur’s World (SPID Theatre, London), You Can Always Hand Them Back (Mercury Theatre), A Christmas Carol (New Vic Theatre), Our Father (Watford Palace), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour) and Guys and Dolls (UK Tour). His TV credits include Father Brown, Holby City, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Casualty and Spender (as Superintendent Yelland).

Michael Matus has most recently starred in Richard III (UK Tour), King Lear (The Duke of York’s Theatre), Broken Glass (Watford Palace) and The Wizard of Oz (Sheffield Crucible). His TV credits include Shakespeare and Hathaway, The Split and Endeavour.

Sammy Graham has recently appeared in The Happy Prince (The Place), Strike Up the Band (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and It’s Only Life (Union Theatre).

Helen Pearson played show regular Frankie Osbourne for 15 years in Hollyoaks. Her theatre credits include Comic Potential (Lyric Theatre), Love Songs for Shopkeepers (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Educating Rita (Swansea Rep/Tour) and Blood Brothers (Birmingham Rep).

The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Hair, This House, Pippin, Rain Man, Aspects of Love), with choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane, musical direction by Chris Poon, set design by Gregor Donnelly, lighting design by Aaron J Dootson, sound design by Paul Gavin and orchestration by Assaf Gleizner.

The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Joseph Houston and William Whelton for Hope Mill Theatre, in association with Timothy Cratchit Development LLC.

Tickets: £18 – £28 (Previews £16). Family and Premium tickets available. To book, call the box office on 0333 012 4963 or visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm, Sunday at 3pm. (2.30pm only on December 24, no performances on December 25 and 26).

Also at Hope Mill Theatre: a new production of Zorro The Musical (March 14 to April 18, 2020).