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OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY WITH MUSIC BY CLARE NORBURN

It’s Charles Dickens’ last Christmas Eve: 1869. Against his doctor’s wishes, he gives one of his acclaimed theatrical readings of A Christmas Carol: but from the moment the lights go down, his life becomes strangely entangled with his character Scrooge. Dickens’ carefully managed image as a family man, who has created the very quintessence of Christmas starts to unravel. He is haunted by the women he has mistreated, who force him to face up to his past, present and future. Can Dickens learn from the ghosts, repent - and be saved, as Scrooge was saved?

The fully-staged show is directed by BAFTA-nominated director Nicholas Renton, features stunning lighting design by Natalie Rowland and soundtracked by lively Victorian street music, haunting carols, folk music from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century and incidental music by Steven Edis performed by The Telling.

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Clive Hayward, Charles Dickens

Karen Ascoe, Catherine Dickens

Molly Lynch, Ellen Ternan / voice

Alexander Knox, actor / violin / voice

Rosa Lennox, actor / accordion

Clare Norburn, voice / actor / percussion

Steven Edis, keyboard

Directed by Nicholas Renton

Written & produced by Clare Norburn

Music composed & arranged by Steve Edis

Costume Designer Madeleine Edis

Lighting Designer Natalie Rowland

THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS

 

The What the Dickens 2023 tour is supported by The Marchus Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation, Scops Arts Trust and The Radcliffe Trust. The Ulverston performance is supported by the Sir John Fisher Foundation.

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Photo: Sisi Burn

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