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Penelope Keith and Brian Blessed to star in online version of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Penelope Keith and Brian Blessed will star in a new online adaptation of A Christmas Carol this December.

Produced by Jermyn Street Theatre and Guildford Shakespeare Company, Charles Dickens classic festive tale has been adapted by Naylah Ahmed and will feature direction by Natasha Rickamn.

The Good Life and To The Manor Born actress will play The Ghost of Christmas Past whilst Blessed, best known for Flash Gordon, will play The Ghost of Christmas Present.

Jim Findley will play Ebenezer Scrooge and children from Guildford Shakespeare Company drama club will play the Cratchit Children.

Further casting to be announced.

Matt Pinches, GSC co-founder, said: “We’re so excited to be creating this special adaptation of Dickens’ enchanting story.

“Its themes of compassion and community have never been more important, and this innovative production will light up the hearts of all who see it.

“We’re indebted to the imagination of the whole artistic team for bringing this heart-warming tale to your living room, and to Penelope and Brian for granting us their time and talent.”

Tom Littler, artistic director of Jermyn Street Theatre, added: “What a festive treat! A Christmas Carol is a wonderful way for families and friends to get together, wherever they may be, to share in the joy of a truly Christmassy story.

“Naylah and Natasha are creating a brilliant adaptation that will be enjoyed as much by grandparents as by grandchildren. Put your feet up on your own sofa, pour a glass of something delicious, and take a break in Dickensian London.”

The virtual production will run from 17 December 2020 until 27 December 2020, with tickets costing £20.


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