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  • Charlotte O'Sullivan
  • 09-11-2017 15:25:49

Head to the SJT this Christmas for a sparkling new version of A Christmas Carol with a Scarborough flavour!

7 to 31 December 2017

It's a festive classic: the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the meanest man who ever lived, given a horrible shock on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his partner Jacob Marley, and guided on a journey of learning by three spirits, a time worm and a woman with a nut for a head.

Wait, what? A woman with a what?

The team that brought you last year’s Christmas hit at the SJT, Pinocchio, is back with a new version of Charles Dickens' most enduring tale, but not as you've ever seen it before. Will Mr Scrooge learn his lesson before the rattling chickens get him? And will his servants live to tell the tale? Come along and find out!

Written by Nick Lane and composer/lyricist Simon Slater, and directed by Paul Robinson, A Scarborough (Christmas) Carol is a fun, interactive, musical retelling of this classic story.

Nick Lane says: "What we've done again this time is taken the classic story that you know, and given it a funky twist... I'm pretty sure you won't ever have seen a Dickens adaptation with a time worm, or a Ghost of Christmas Past who takes Scrooge to the wrong past!”

Paul Robinson says: “Our audiences loved Pinocchio last year, so this year we’ve taken the Christmas craziness a step further and come up with a version of a festive family classic firmly set in our home town.”

The show stars Anne-Marie Piazza and Elliott Rennie, who will be familiar to SJT audiences from Pinocchio, along with SJT newcomers Joey Hickman and Alicia Mckenzie. The four actors portray between them nearly 30 different characters, and play live music on stage.

A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol features all-new music and lyrics by Simon Slater, who was born and grew up in Scarborough. Simon was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2013 for his sound design on Constellations in the West End, and was Musical Director on the National Theatre’s lauded production of Amadeus which, following its sell-out run in 2016/17, returns to the NT in January 2018.

The show’s designer is Helen Coyston, with lighting design by Paul Stear and choreography by Erin Carter.

A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre between Thursday 7 and Sunday 31 December, at various times and dates.

The performance on Thursday 14 December at 10am is relaxed; on Wednesday 27 December at 5.30pm, signed; on Friday 29 December at 5.30pm, open captioned; and on Saturday 30 December at 2.00pm, audio described.

Tickets cost from £9 to £16, and are available from the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com

Dates and times for A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol are:

7 December 2017, 5.30pm

8 December 2017, 10.00am

8 December 2017, 7.00pm

9 December 2017, 2.00pm

9 December 2017, 5.30pm

11 December 2017, 10.00am

12 December 2017, 10.00am

13 December 2017, 10.00am

14 December 2017, 10.00am

14 December 2017, 1.00pm

15 December 2017, 10.00am

16 December 2017, 2.00pm

16 December 2017, 5.30pm

18 December 2017, 10.00am

19 December 2017, 10.00am

20 December 2017, 10.00am

21 December 2017, 10.00am

22 December 2017, 7.00pm

23 December 2017, 2.00pm

24 December 2017, 2.00pm

26 December 2017, 5.30pm

27 December 2017, 2.00pm

27 December 2017, 5.30pm

28 December 2017, 2.00pm

29 December 2017, 2.00pm

29 December 2017, 5.30pm

30 December 2017, 2.00pm

30 December 2017, 7.00pm

31 December 2017, 2.00pm