Cast for A Christmas Carol at Storyhouse Chester revealed

The cast for Storyhouse’s A Christmas Carol has been unveiled.

The new production of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale will run between from November 7, 2020 and January 17, 2021.

Returning to Chester after a socially distanced summer at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Anton Cross as Bob Cratchit, Anton played Luciana in A Comedy of Errors at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre earlier this year, (other credits include Romeo in Romeo And Juliet, The Orange Tree Theatre).

Also returning Jessica Dives, as Mrs Cratchit and musical director, Jessica also appeared in A Comedy of Errors this summer, (other credits include Feste in Twelfth Night, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre).

Natalie Grady who played Marc Antony in Storyhouse’s opening rep season will play Scrooge (other theatre credits include Tartuffe RSC / Birmingham Rep). Seren Vickers (The Borrowers and Julius Caesar, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre) will play the Ghost of Christmas Present.

Matthew Ganley (The Prince and the Pauper at the New Vic) will play Marley, Stephanie Hockley (The Little Mermaid, Liverpool Playhouse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Storyhouse opening rep season) will play Clara, and is also the production’s choreographer. Norah Lopez Holden (The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s Globe) as Fred, Yana Penrose (How Love is Spelt Southwark Playhouse) as Rosie.

Nine actors from Storyhouse’s Youth Theatre will have their stage debuts and share the roles of Tiny Tim, The Ghost of Christmas Past, Peter and Mary Cratchit (names to be announced soon).

A limited capacity audience of 200 will be welcomed each night with social distancing and other safety measures in place.

Tickets are available to book online here.

The creative team includes Alex Clifton as writer and director, Jessica Curtis as designer, Ben Harrison as sound designer, Prema Mehta as lighting designer, Jessica Dives as musical director and Stephanie Hockley as the choreographer.

Alex Clifton said: “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.”

About the author: Rachel Wise

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