The Old Vic is to stream A Christmas Carol online this Christmas – here’s all you need to know.
Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol, adapted by Jack Thorne, will return to the venue’s stage in 2020.
But rather than a live audience, the piece will be performed to an empty auditorium and streamed live to homes across the world.
Andrew Lincoln (Love, Actually, The Walking Dead) will lead the cast in the role of Scrooge.
Joining the cast are Melissa Allan, Rosanna Bates, John Dagleish, Tim van Eyken, Sam Lathwood, Eugene McCoy, Myra McFadyen, Gloria Obianyo, Maria Omakinwa, Golda Rosheuvel, Michael Rouse, Clive Rowe and Sam Townsend.
Rayhaan Kufuor-Gray, Lara Mehmet, Lenny Rush and Eleanor Stollery will share the role of Tiny Tim.
Sixteen performances will take place between 12 and 24 December.
For more information and to be notified when tickets go on sale, visit the Old Vic website here.
Artistic director Matthew Warchus said: “It has been such a moving thing to witness how so many people have rallied around to support the Old Vic, and theatre in general, at this time of serious jeopardy, and back in May I received an extraordinary email from a well-known actor offering to help in any way he could and expressing a long-standing wish to play Scrooge.
“Although at the time our conversations revolved around bringing back a live audience in time for Christmas, that clearly is no longer possible, and I’m incredibly grateful to him and to everyone for willingly agreeing to change tack and join us in reconfiguring this much loved production into an In Camera event.
“I’m excited to tell the story in this new format, with the powerful addition of close-ups, and hope it will provide much needed sustenance for audiences (a mince pie or a satsuma if not a chocolate digestive) on this gruelling journey. We will be announcing full casting very soon.”