Cast announced for Mark Gatiss’ A Christmas Carol with Keith Allen as Scrooge

Keith Allen will star as Scrooge in Mark Gatiss’ retelling of A Christmas Carol in Nottingham and London this festive season.

The reimagining of Dickens’ winter ghost story will be back at Nottingham Playhouse from 27 October – 18 November 2023 before heading to London’s Alexandra Palace from 24 November 2023 – 7 January 2024.

Keith Allen (Shallow GraveRobin Hood BBC, Kingsman: The Golden Circle Marvel Films, The Pembrokeshire Murders ITV, The Homecoming Theatre Royal Bath) will play the role of Scrooge.

He will be joined by Peter Forbes (Follies National Theatre) as Marley, along with Leona Allen (The Devil’s Hour Amazon Prime) as Caroline, James Backway (War Horse National Theatre/West End) as Fred, Geoffrey Beevers (Amadeus National Theatre) as Narrator, Angelina Chudi (Henry VI: War of the Roses RSC) as Belle, Edward Harrison (Queenie Channel 4) as Bob Cratchit, Bettrys Jones (The Art of Illusion Hampstead Theatre) as Ghost of Christmas Past, Joe Shire (Witness for the Prosecution Eleanor Lloyd) as Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present, Rebecca Trehearn (Cinderella Gillian Lynne Theatre) as Mrs Cratchit, and Ryan Weston (Herons Italia Conti) as Tiny Tim.

In Nottingham, the role of Edwin Cratchit will be shared by William Barker and Charlie Westlake, while Grace Cratchit will be shared by Madison Spencer-Ogiorumua and Ava-Jade Wolstenholme.

In London, Edwin Cratchit will be shared by Joshua Beswick, Oliver Dawson, and Alex Gross, and Grace Cratchit shared by Esme Gupta-Wright, Anaya-Sky Lueshing, and Cherry Mitra.

It’s a cold Christmas Eve and mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley.

Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn’t too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate, but first he’ll have to face three more eerie encounters…

Directed by Adam Penford (The Clothes They Stood Up In, The Madness of George III), the production has design by Paul Wills, lighting design by Philip Gladwell, sound design by Ella Wahlström and video design by Nina Dunn with movement director Georgina Lamb, composer Tingying Dong, illusions by John Bulleid, casting by Ginny Schiller CDG, children’s casting by Verity Naughton CDG, puppet design and direction by Matthew Forbes, musical direction by Tom Attwood, voice and dialect coaching by Kate Godfrey and associate designer Joseph Marshall.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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