Andrew Lincoln (Love, Actually, The Walking Dead, Teachers) will take on the lead role of Scrooge in a live-broadcast production of A Christmas Carol at London’s Old Vic Theatre this December.
Returning to the Old Vic for a third consecutive year, Jack Thorne’s (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Skins, Shameless) adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic festive tale will be directed by the Old Vic’s artistic director Matthew Warchus.
Lincoln will be joined on stage by Clive Rowe, John Dagleish, Melissa Allan, Rosanna Bates, Tim van Eyken, Sam Lathwood, Eugene McCoy, Myra McFadyen, Gloria Obianyo, Maria Omakinwa, Golda Rosheuvel, Michael Rouse and Sam Townsend. The role of Tiny Tim will be shared by Rayhaan Kufuor-Gray, Lara Mehmet, Lenny Rush and Eleanor Stollery.
The production features set and costume design by Rob Howell, composition and arrangement by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, broadcast sound and video by Simon Baker, movement by Lizzi Gee, casting by Jesssica Ronane and associate direction by Jame Manton.
A Christmas Carol will be performed live from 12 to 24 December 2020 for just 16 performances with 80,000 tickets available across the run. Priced from £10 to £65, all tickets offering the same view.
The Old Vic will offer all state schools in Lambeth and Southwark areas, as well as all care homes nationally a free link to watch the show.
Additionally the theatre will also partner with FoodCycle to fundraise for those in need this Christmas, with Jack Thorne pledging to match all A Christmas Carol Foodcycle donations received from the public up to £250,000.
Warchus said: “When I began my job as Artistic Director five years ago I boldly (naively) put up a neon sign in the lobby radiating Lilian Baylis’ favourite quote – “Dare, Always Dare”. With those galvanising words ringing in our ears, I am delighted to announce that Andrew Lincoln has joined us in what must surely be one of the most ambitious and complex pieces of live-streamed theatre attempted in the pandemic so far.
The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol has moved and entertained over a quarter of a million people in London and New York over the last three Christmases and we made a pledge last spring that we would still present it, in some form or other, even in this most challenging of years. In doing a project of this size we don’t expect to be able to make any profit for the theatre but rather we will be continuing our mission of staying connected to audiences of all ages, providing much-needed work and income for dozens of freelancers, and generally celebrating the important role live theatre has always played in bringing us together to share amazing stories. I hope you can join us.”
As it stands, the production will not be affected by the current lockdown measures announced at the beginning of November.