Mark Gatiss' A Christmas Carol cast announced for Nottingham and London

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Casting has been announced for Mark Gatiss’ new adaption of A Christmas Carol in 2021.

The new version of the Charles Dickens classic will open at the Nottingham Playhouse in October before transferring to London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre.


Performances will take place at Nottingham Playhouse from 29 October to 13 November 2021 and at the Alexandra Palace Theatre from 26 November 2021 to 9 January 2022.

Titled A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story, the new production will see Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) lead an ensemble cast, in his own retelling of Dickens’ classic winter ghost story, filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects.

Gatiss stars as Jacob Marley alongside Nicholas Farrell as Scrooge; James Backway as Fred; Angelina Chudi as Caroline; Jo Eaton-Kent as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Zak Ford-Williams as Tiny Tim; Aoife Gaston as Belle; Christopher Godwin as the Narrator; Edward Harrison as Bob Cratchit; Sarah Ridgeway as Mrs Cratchit and Joe Shire as Ghost of Christmas Present.

Directed by Adam Penford, the production has design by Paul Wills, lighting design by Philip Gladwell, sound design by Ella Wahlström, video design by Nina Dunn, movement direction by Georgina Lamb and composition by Tingying Dong.

Sam Stevenson is the casting director, Matthew Forbes is the puppet director, Tom Atwood is the music director and Jasmine Teo is the associate director.

It’s a cold Christmas Eve and mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley. Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn’t too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate, but first he’ll have to face three more eerie encounters…

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