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David Edgar adapts Charles Dickens’ festive tale of redemption and compassion - one of the most loved short stories ever written.


By Charles Dickens

A new adaptation by David Edgar 

Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: 4 Dec 2018 – 20 Jan 2019

Press night: Tues 11 Dec, 7pm

Box Office: 01789 403493

Casting is announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s revival of David Edgar’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which returns by popular demand following its hugely successful run in winter 2018.

Aden Gillett will make his RSC debut as Ebenezer Scrooge. Aden is known for his extensive television credits, which include Father Brown, Holby City, Silent Witness and House of Elliott. Previous stage appearances include Noises Off (National Theatre),Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse) and Much Ado About Nothing at the Theatre Royal Bath. Aden received the Theatre World Award for ‘World’s Most Promising Newcomer’ for for his performance in An Inspector Calls at the Royale Theatre, Broadway. In November 2005, Aden joined the cast of the West End production of Mary Poppins playing the role of George Banks.

Further casting includes Victoria Blunt (Mrs Baldock/Caroline/Schoolboy/Housemaid), Tom Byrne (Fred/Sailor/Employee), Gerard Carey (Bob Cratchit/Miner/Employee), Claire Carrie (Lady Tibshelf/Christmas Past/Aunt/Laundress), Sally Cheng (Katherine/Belinda Cratchit/Emily/Schoolboy), Matthew Dale (Uber/Doctor/2nd Businessman/Servant/Miner/Priest+), Steven Elliott (Marley/1st Businessman/Tumbler/2nd Lighthouse Keeper+), Clive Hayward (Fezziwig/Old Joe/Chestnut Seller/Robert/1st Lighthouse Keeper+), Danielle Henry (Mrs Trowell/Christmas Present/Mrs Fezziwig/Charwoman+), Samantha Hull (Swing), Beruce Khan (John Forster/Young Markey/Topper+), Sam Jenkins-Shaw (Father/Coachman/Hinge/Mr Baldock/George/Miner), Bethany Linsdell (Martha Cratchit/Amy/Cecilia/Schoolboy), Jessica Murrain (Isabel/Lucy+), Kwami Odoom (Wicker/Sailor+), Emma Pallant (Mrs Cratchit/Mrs Snapchat/Beggar/Matron+), Joey Phillips (Slingshot/Miner/Young Man+), Shiv Rabheru (Swing), Joseph Timms (Charles Dickens/Young Scrooge/Bowler+) and Rachel Winters (Fanny/Jane/Housemaid+).

A Christmas Carol is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Tim Mitchell. Music is by Catherine Jayes and sound by Fergus O’Hare. Movement is by Georgina Lamb.

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