The Old Vic’s revival of A Christmas Carol starring Christopher Eccleston has unveiled full casting.
Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, adapted by Jack Thorne, returns to the The Old Vic with previously announced Emmy Award-winner Christopher Eccleston (Accused, The Leftovers, Doctor Who) in the role of Scrooge.
Joining Eccleston are Jeremy Batt as Swing, Rob Compton as Bob Cratchit, Geraint Downing as Ferdy/George, James Hume as Nicholas, Hana Ichijo as Jess, Jessica Joslin as Mrs Cratchit, Julie Jupp as Ghost of Christmas Past, Gemma Knight Jones as Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs Fezziwig, Andrew Langtree as Father/Marley, Matthew Maddison as Young Ebenezer, Frances McNamee as Belle, Rachel Moran as Dance Captain/Swing, Alastair Parker as Fezziwig, Rose Shalloo as Little Fan and Samuel Townsend as Fred.
The role of Tiny Tim will be played by Casey-Indigo Blackwood-Lashley, Alexander Joseph, Freddie Marshall-Ellis and Freddie Merritt.
Matthew Warchus, Artistic Director of The Old Vic and Director of A Christmas Carol said:
‘As we approach the final months of what has been a record-breaking year for Old Vic shows, I’m delighted to welcome new and returning cast and creatives to this joyful production. In the last seven years, A Christmas Carol has raised over £1.2 million for charity and been seen by over half a million people globally – this year, with Christopher Eccleston as Ebenezer Scrooge, we hope to bring joy to thousands more.’
This year, The Old Vic will raise money in aid of City Harvest London throughout the run of A Christmas Carol. The London-based charity will be the recipient of donations at the end of every performance throughout the show’s run, 11 November – 06 January. City Harvest London is a surplus food redistribution charity, providing 1.2 million meals a month.
Sarah Calcutt, City Harvest CEO said:
‘Being selected as The Old Vic’s Christmas charity is an incredible honour. A Christmas Carol is much beloved by many Londoners and this year’s production is set again to bring this vital classic to a new audience. Much like in Dickens’ time, there are people being admitted to hospital today suffering from preventable illnesses caused by lack of fresh produce and a nutritious diet. At City Harvest, we rescue nutritious food and redistribute it for free to our network of 375 community partners. Since founding in 2014, we have provided over 50 million meals to some of London’s most vulnerable people. We could not achieve this without the support of organisations like The Old Vic.’
The creative team joining Matthew Warchus, include Set & Costume by Rob Howell, Composition & Arrangement by Christopher Nightingale, Lighting by Hugh Vanstone, Sound by Simon Baker, Casting by Jessica Ronane CDG and Movement by Lizzi Gee. Josh Seymour is the Associate Director.
A Christmas Carol will play at The Old Vic from 11 November 2023 to 6 January 2024.