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Sally Dexter to play London's first female Scrooge at Wilton's Music Hall

Sally Dexter. Photo credit: Nobby Clark.

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for Wilton’s Music Hall’s new production, Christmas Carol – a fairy tale. A brand-new reimagining of a Christmas classic written by Piers Torday, it runs from November 29, 2019 to January 4, 2020.

Olivier Award-winning Sally Dexter (pictured) will star as the first ever female Scrooge to appear on a London stage.

Dexter takes on the role of Fan Marley, the late Ebeneezer Scrooge’s sister who married Marley and who, as his widow, has inherited the business and his reputation as the meanest miser in town. Notorious as the lonely, penny-pinching and downright malicious misanthrope and despised by all who cross her path, she is visited on Christmas Eve by three spirits who show her why she must change her nasty ways.

Known to many as Emmerdale’s Faith Dingle, Dexter has appeared in some of the West End’s most loved productions including Billy Elliot The Musical and Oliver! and won an Olivier Award for her performance in Dalliance at the National’s Lyttleton Theatre.

Joining Dexter in this retelling of the Dickens classic will be Chisara Agor (The Wizard of Oz, Birmingham Rep, Bring It On, Southwark Playhouse), Joseph Hardy (The Cherry Orchard, Bristol Old Vic/Manchester Royal Exchange, Uncle Vanya, HOME Theatre) and Edward Harrison (The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, Storyhouse, Chester, Skellig, Nottingham Playhouse).

Brendan Hooper (The Homecoming and Pygmalion, The Citizens Theatre), Ruth Ollman (Still Alice, UK tour, The Turn of the Screw, Clapham Omnibus) and Yana Penrose (How Love is Spelt, Southwark Playhouse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Regent’s Park Open Air) complete the cast.

Brought to Wilton’s by the team behind the critically-acclaimed The Box of Delights, this adaptation has been written especially for Wilton’s Music Hall by children’s author Piers Torday (The Frozen Sea, The Last Wild), with design by Tom Piper and directed by Stephanie Street, previously seen in James Graham’s Quiz and Nightwatchmen at the National Theatre.

Arguably the most famous festive story ever written, this new adaptation features spellbinding magic, haunting music and out-of-this-world puppetry.

Image: Sally Dexter. Photo credit: Nobby Clark.