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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA

Dickensian classic comes to the Octagon this Christmas

By Steve Cooke

The Cast has been announced for Bolton Octagon’s brand-new musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol - a company of 6 talented actors:

Laurie Jamieson (One Man, Two Guvnors, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Prince Charming’s Xmas Cracker, Hull Truck) as the tight-fisted miser Ebenezer Scrooge.

He will be joined by: Jonathan Charles (The Wicker Husband, Watermill Theatre, Beauty and the Beast, New Vic Theatre) as Jacob Marley and Bob Cratchit.

Grace Firth (It’s My Move, Face Front Theatre Company) as Mrs Fezziwig and Mrs Cratchit.

Lianne Harvey (Relatively Speaking, Jermyn Street Theatre/Mill at Sonning, UK and USA tour of An Inspector Calls) as Belle and Christmas Present.

Lauren Patel (Everbody’s Talking About Jamie feature film) in her professional stage debut as Christmas Past and Fan Scrooge.

and Robert Wade (Elephant Rock, Badapple Theatre Company, Alfie, Lawrence Batley Theatre) as Fred Tapper. They will also play various ensemble roles.

They will be joined by a young company of 3 wonderful young actors sharing the role of Tiny Tim, including: Emma Kennedy-Rose (Miracle on 34 Street, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse); Florence Moluluo (UK and Ireland tour of School of Rock); and Dominic Smith in his stage debut.

This joyful new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, A Christmas Carol is adapted for the stage by Kate Ferguson and Susannah Pearse, the writers who penned the Octagon’s 2019 festive production Treasure Island, comes this sensational new musical stage production. Directed by the Octagon’s Associate Director, Georgia Murphy.

The creative team includes set and costume design by Katie Scott, musical direction by Matthew Malone, choreography by Jonnie Riordan and lighting design by Timothy Skelly, sound design by Annie May Fletcher and assistant direction by Ryan McVeigh.

Whilst goodwill thrives across Victorian England, tight-fisted Ebenezer Scrooge goes to bed on Christmas Eve with no compassion or love in his heart. However, that night he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley and is taken on a mystical journey through yuletides past, present and future – will he be able to see the error of his ways before it’s too late?

This brand-new production features toe-tapping live music, festive fun and a good splash of magic. A heart-warming and uplifting tale of redemption, A Christmas Carol promises the perfect festive treat for audiences, young and old.

Thu 17 November 2022 – Sat 14 January 2023. Tickets start from £15 and are on-sale now.

Phone: Octagon Box Office on 01204 520661


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