Dickens classic re-imagined for big festive production

The Dukes' A Christmas Carol
The Dukes' A Christmas Carol

The Dukes will relocate Charles Dickens most famous Christmas story to Lancaster this festive season – the city where he twice stayed and performed.

This all new adaptation of A Christmas Carol packed with songs, humour and plenty of Bah Humbug opens on November 29 and runs until January 4.

Coronation Street scriptwriter, Debbie Oates, who successfully adapted Treasure Island for the Lancaster theatre last year, has returned to The Dukes to give her unique take on this seasonal favourite.

And playing Ebenezer Scrooge will be brilliant young actor Gareth Cassidy who, as pirate Tom Morgan, proved one of the most popular characters in The Dukes 2012 Christmas production.

Performed in The Round, A Christmas Carol will feature original songs, puppets and mindblowing illusions as the audience is taken on a memorable journey to Christmases past, present and future.

A Christmas Carol is the fourth Dukes Christmas production to be directed by Joe Sumsion.

“We’re really excited about doing A Christmas Carol which is a classic moral story full of magic with a very big heart. The fact that many people know and love the story is great – we’ll aim to tell it brilliantly and with some surprises thrown in too,” said Joe.

Added to the familiar cast of Dickens characters will be several ghosts from Lancaster’s history.

Said Joe: “Our additional ghost storytellers are good fun and give an extra dimension to the production. All might have wished they’d lived their lives differently – much like Scrooge.”

A Christmas Carol is recommended for anyone aged 5 plus. To book tickets, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org. For more info about festive events at The Dukes visit www.dukes-lancaster.org/christmas .