“On one ghostly Christmas night, cold-hearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge learns to pity himself and to love his neighbour – but is that enough?”
David Edgar’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ is to return to the RSC’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 4th December 2018, to 20th January 2019, with an official opening night on Tuesday 11th December. The production returns by popular demand following its hugely successful run in 2017.
Edgar, whose previous credits for the RSC include his historic adaptation of Dickens’ ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, adapts this festive tale of redemption and compassion, with a particular focus on the social conscience of the piece.
Aden Gillett (Father Brown, Silent Witness) will make his RSC debut as Ebenezer Scrooge. Gillett’s previous theatre credits include ‘Twelfth Night’ (Donmar Warehouse), ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (Theatre Royal Bath), and ‘An Inspector Calls’ (Royale Theatre, Broadway, 2005), for which he received the Theatre World Award for ‘World’s Most Promising Newcomer’.
Further casting will include Victoria Blunt (Mrs Baldock/ Caroline/ Schoolboy/ Housemaid), Tom Byrne (Fred/ Sailor/ Employee), Gerard Carey (Bob Cratchit/ Miner/ Employee), Claire Carrie (Lady Tibshelf/ Christmas Past/ Aunt/ Laundress), Sally Cheng (Katherine/ Belinda Cratchit/ Emily/ Schoolboy), Matthew Dale (Uber/ Doctor/ 2nd Businessman/ Servant/ Miner/ Priest), Steven Elliott (Marley/ 1st Businessman/ Tumbler/ 2nd Lighthouse Keeper), Clive Hayward (Fezziwig/ Old Joe/ Chestnut Seller/ Robert/ 1st Lighthouse Keeper), Danielle Henry (Mrs Trowell/ Christmas Present/ Mrs Fezziwig/ Charwoman), Samantha Hull (Swing), Beruce Khan (John Forster/ Young Markey/ Topper), Sam Jenkins-Shaw (Father/ Coachman/ Hinge/ Mr Baldock/ George/ Miner), Bethany Linsdell (Martha Cratchit/ Amy/ Cecilia/ Schoolboy), Jessica Murrain (Isabel/ Lucy), Kwami Odoom (Wicker/ Sailor), Emma Pallant (Mrs Cratchit/ Mrs Snapchat/ Beggar/ Matron), Joey Phillips (Slingshot/ Miner/ Young Man), Shiv Rabheru (Swing), Joseph Timms (Charles Dickens/ Young Scrooge/ Bowler) and Rachel Winters (Fanny/ Jane/ Housemaid).
Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, the production features design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Tim Mitchell, music by Catherine Jayes, sound by Fergus O’Hare, and movement by Georgina Lamb.
Described by The Telegraph as “a magnificent achievement”, ‘A Christmas Carol‘ will play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 4th December 2018 to 20th January 2019.