Friday, 16 October 2015

Full casting announced for A Christmas Carol starring Jim Broadbent & Samantha Spiro

The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye has announced further casting for the upcoming West End production of A Christmas Carol.

Starring the previously announced Jim Broadbent as Scrooge, Phelim McDermott's production opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on 9th December 2015 (previews from 30th November) and runs until 30th January 2016.

Joining the cast in a variety of roles are: Samantha Spiro, Adeel Akhtar, Amelia Bullmore and Keir Charles.

The play has been adapted by Patrick Barlow from Charles Dickens' classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption. Design is by Tom Pye with movement direction by Toby Sedgwick, lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Gareth Fry.

Meet The Cast

Adeel Akhtar is best known for his work in film and television. He was BAFTA-nominated for his role in Utopia, played hapless Fessal in Chris Morris’ Four Lions and played Maroush in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator. His work on-stage includes playing Guildenstern inHamlet at the Young Vic.

Amelia Bullmore is known not only for her writing (Di and Viv and Rose) but also for her many appearances on television, in particular as one of the co-stars of the series Scott and Bailey and playing Kay Hope, Head of Sustainability in hit BBC comedy Twenty Twelve. Her stage credits include The Norman Conquests at the Old Vic, which subsequently transferred to Broadway.

Keir Charles’ recent stage appearances include The White Devil, The Arden of Faversham and The Roaring Girl (all for the RSC). He also appeared in the recent Simon Pegg film Man Up.

Double Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro recently appeared on stage in Di and Viv and Rose at the Vaudeville Theatre, as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew both at Shakespeare’s Globe. She is known for playing Barbara Windsor in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuel and Dick at the National Theatre and won the Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical for bothMerrily We Roll Along at the Donmar Warehouse and Hello! Dolly at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. On television, she has recently appeared in The Tracey Ullman Show and won the Best Female Comedy Breakthrough Artist in the British Comedy Awards for her role in Grandma’s House. 

Puppeteers Jack Parker and Kim Scopes complete the ensemble. Jack is currently working with Warner Brothers on the new film ofThe Jungle Book. His previous stage work includes War Horse for the National Theatre and A Dog’s Heart and The Magic Flute both for Complicit√©. Kim previously worked for Blunderbus Theatre Company, the New Wolsey Theatre, Flabbergast Theatre Company and Twice Shy Theatre. She has also taught puppetry in Peru, performed at Glastonbury festival 2014 and this year puppeteered on two music videos.

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