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A Christmas Carol returns to The Old Vic in November 2018

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FURTHER casting has been announced for Matthew Warchus’ production of A Christmas Carol, which runs at The Old Vic from December 5, 2018 (previews from November 27) to January 19, 2019.

Joining previously announced Stephen Tompkinson as Ebenezer Scrooge will be Rosanna Bates, Ava Brennan, Jamie Cameron, Peter Caulfield, Oliver Evans, Eugene McCoy, Myra McFadyen, Frances McNamee, Alastair Parker, Michael Rouse, Tim van Eyken and Witney White.

Previously Posted: The Old Vic has announced that Stephen Tompkinson (ART, West End; Spamalot, West End; Brassed Off and Drop the Dead Donkey) will play Ebenezer Scrooge in this year’s production of A Christmas Carol.

Previously Posted: Matthew Warchus’ hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol is returning to The Old Vic. Adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), it will run from December 5, 2018 (previews from November 27) to January 19, 2019.

Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, this unique staging immerses the audience in an uplifting story for everyone aged 8+.

On a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself. Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late?

Matthew Warchus is a director of theatre, opera and film who has directed award-winning productions for many of the major British theatre companies. He was an Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and was an Artistic Associate at The Old Vic before being appointed in 2014 to succeed Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director of the theatre.

His numerous theatre credits include Art, Groundhog Day (Olivier Award for Best New Musical), The Master Builder, The Caretaker and Future Conditional (The Old Vic), Matilda The Musical (RSC, West End and Broadway, seven Olivier Awards, including Best Director and Best New Musical, and four Tony Awards), Ghost: The Musical and La Bête (West End and Broadway), The Norman Conquests (The Old Vic, West End and Broadway, Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play) and Boeing Boeing (West End, Broadway and UK tour, Tony Award for Best Revival of a play and Olivier nomination for Best Revival of a Play).

Warchus’ opera credits include Falstaff and Così Fan Tutte (ENO) and The Rake’s Progress (ROH and WNO). He also directed feature films Pride (2014, BIFA Best British Independent Film, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated) and Simpatico (1999).

Jack Thorne’s recent work includes Woyzeck (The Old Vic), Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (SFP Productions/Harry Potter West End Theatrical, Evening Standard, Whats Onstage, South Bank Show and Olivier Award 2016-7), The Solid Life Of Sugar Water (Graeae Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival and UK Tour) and Hope (Royal Court).

A Christmas Carol will have set and costume design by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and movement by Lizzi Gee. Composer and arranger is Christopher Nightingale and associate director is Jamie Manton. Casting has not yet been announced.

Audio Described Performance: Tuesday, January 8 at 7.30pm (touch tour at 6pm).

Captioned Performance: Thursday, January 10 at 7.30pm.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0844 871 7628 or visit

The stage adaptation of legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Fanny & Alexander continues at The Old Vic until April 14. It will be followed – from April 21 to June 16, 2018 – by the world premiere of Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music.