Rehearsals for this year’s rendition of A Christmas Carol at Storyhouse have commenced.
As you might expect, this year they’re taking place online, using Zoom.
Opening night is Saturday 7th November, before which the cast will move to socially-distanced rehearsals on Storyhouse’s thrust stage.
Meet the cast:
Anton Cross takes on Bob Cratchit, while Jessica Dives will appear as Mrs Cratchit.
Anton played Luciana in A Comedy of Errors at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre earlier this year, (his other credits include Romeo in Romeo And Juliet at The Orange Tree Theatre).
Audiences may also recognise Jessica, who is also taking on the duties of musical director, for her appearances as Feste in Twelfth Night at this summer’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.
Natalie Grady – who played Marc Antony in Storyhouse’s opening rep season – will take on Scrooge.
Seren Vickers (whose other theatre credits include The Borrowers and Julius Caesar, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre) will play the Ghost of Christmas Present.
Matthew Ganley will play Marley and Stephanie Hockley will play Clara.
Stephanie’s other credits also include Storyhouse’s opening rep season, and she is also the production’s choreographer.
Norah Lopez Holden will appear as Fred, while Yana Penrose is to be Rosie.
Nine actors from Storyhouse’s Youth Theatre will also have their stage debuts and share the roles of Tiny Tim, The Ghost of Christmas Past, Peter and Mary Cratchit.
The creative team behind this year’s production includes Alex Clifton as writer and director, Jessica Curtis as designer, Ben Harrison as sound designer, Prema Mehta as lighting designer.
As above, Jessica Dives is musical director and Stephanie Hockley is choreographer.
Writer and director Alex Clifton enthused: “We are so delighted to have this company!
“They each come with enormous skill, commitment and energy.
“They are all wonderful storytellers and are ready to work very hard.
“Like always, they each come with a diversity of experiences and perspectives and a variety of skills: musicianship, singing, physical skills.
“They can’t wait to be with an audience – to connect with, to play with and to.”
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