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The musical interpretation of the Dickensian classic A Christmas Carol, ‘Scrooge’, opened at in October 2012 at the London Palladium and will run until January 12th 2013. This Christmas treat wowed London audiences and brought a real air of holiday magic to the West End.
‘Scrooge’ is written by award-winning composer Leslie Bricusse, who whimsically turned Dickens’ festive tale into an all singing and all dancing extravaganza! The musical follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas eve, showing him his past, present and future. Set in Victorian London this lively show featured a talented cast and ensemble, with musical numbers such as ‘Thank You Very Much’, ‘I Hate People’, ‘December 25th’ and ‘I’ll Begin Again’. The musical has played all over the world, and was originally a 1970 movie musical starring Albert Finney. The song ‘Thank You Very Much’ was nominated for an Academy Award.
Producer Bill Kenwright previously mounted this production at the London Palladium back in 2005 and the show has enjoyed multiple UK and North American tours. Actors such as Shane Ritchie have brought the role of Scrooge to life, but this time stage legend Tommy Steele reprised his role in the company for the 2012/13 outing. The 75-year-old actor has starred in musicals such as ‘Half A Sixpence’, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Some Like it Hot’ and is known as an entertainer all around the world. Having previously played the role on numerous occasions, Steele was a huge attraction to this Christmas production.
Full Scrooge Cast
The full cast of Scrooge at the London Palladium included:
- Ebenezer Scrooge– Tommy Steele
- Jacob Marley – Barry Howard
- Ghost Of Christmas Past – Sarah Earnshaw
- Ghost Of Christmas Present – James Head
- Bob Cratchit – Edward Handoll
- Helen / Isobel – Leonie Heath
- Mr Fezziwig / Hugo Harty – Halcro Johnston
- Harry / Young Ebenezer – Craig Whitely
- Tom Jenkins – Robbie Towns
- Mrs Fezziwig / Mrs Dilber – Tessa Vale
- Topper – Leon Kay
- Mary / Miss Dilber – Anna Mcgarahan
- Mrs Cratchit – Louisa Maxwell
- Mr Jollygoode – Ian Caddick
- Pringle – Steven Sparling
- Dick Wilkins – Johnathan Dudley
- Beggar Woman – Nikki Gerrard
- Chestnut Seller – Roisin Sullivan
- Bess – Natalie Moore Williams
- Butche – Kieron Harris