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Rhys Ifans to star in A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic

Rhys Ifans in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MATTHEW Warchus will direct Jack Thorne’s new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, at The Old Vic. Starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge, it will run from November 29, 2017 (previews from November 20) to January 20, 2018.

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?

An uplifting story for families aged 11+, this festive treat is vividly brought to the stage in a big-hearted production full of music and cheer.

Rhys Ifans’ work as an actor encompasses stage, television and film. His theatre credits include King Lear (The Old Vic), Protest Song, Volpone and Under Milk Wood (National Theatre), Don Juan in Soho, Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Bad Finger (Donmar Warehouse), Beautiful Thing (Duke of York’s Theatre), Thyestes (Royal Court) and Smoke and Poison Pen (Manchester Royal Exchange).

His films include Snowdon, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Dominion, Len and Company, Under Milk Wood, Serena, Another Me, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Five-Year Engagement, Anonymous, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Greenberg, The Boat that Rocked, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Hannibal Rising, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, Human Nature, The Shipping News, Hotel, The Replacements, Notting Hill (BAFTA nominated) and later this year The Parting Glass.

Ifans has also appeared on television in Berlin Station, Not Only But Always (BAFTA Award for Best Actor), Shakespeare Shorts, Trial and Retribution, The Two Franks, Judas and the Gimp, Nightshift, Spatz, Burning Love, Review and Gifted.

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).

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 be designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Simon Baker. Composer and arranger is Christopher Nightingale. Further casting will be announced in due course.

A Christmas Carol is suitable for ages 11+.

Audio Described Performance: January 9, 2018.

Captioned Performance: January 11, 2018.

Image: Rhys Ifans in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

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The world premiere of Girl from the North Country continues at The Old Vic until October 7, 2017.