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Casting Announced for A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Vaults

Casting announced for The Fitzrovia Radio Hour's unique take on Charles Dickens' classic tale at The Vaults, Waterloo.

Cast includes Archers regular Michael Lumsden who is best known for playing Alistair Lloyd in the BBC Radio 4 series.


The festive classic is reimagined as a 1940s-style radio drama, which broadcasts live from the theatre across the mighty British Empire. Fighting off visitations from more ghosts than they bargained for, can the multi-tasking cast keep the spiffing sounds and varied inhabitants of Victorian London alive for the duration of the broadcast?

Spectacular sound effects created live, cut-glass accents, sharp suits and of course a good helping of spooky ghosts combine to create a unique alternative festive entertainment, in the intimate surroundings of The Vaults under Waterloo station, specially adapted to include the option of cabaret seating for fearless audience members, and a festive welcome treat for everyone to get the traditional Christmas spirit flowing straight away.

The Fitzrovia Radio Hour are an acclaimed troupe whose period charms have worked wonders on venues including Shakespeare's Globe, Wilton's Music Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as a sell-out West End season. Miraculously, their audiences all survived a recent adaptation of Dracula, and hopefully the same will be true of this strictly limited four-week festive romp.

More show info available at www.ChristmasCarolLondon.com / www.FitzroviaRadio.com

Alix Dunmore plays Vanity Fair. She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes The Fifth Column (Southwark Playhouse), Ben Hur (Tricycle Theatre), The 39 Steps (Criterion, West End), What The Women Did (Southwark Playhouse), Gaslight (New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme), London Wall (St James Theatre), Top Girls (Out of Joint), The Dead Guy (English Theatre Frankfurt), Nature Adores a Vacuum (Soho Theatre), Separate Tables (Mill at Sonning), A Winter of War (Cheltenham Everyman) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (Bristol Old Vic). Television includes Casualty, Doctors and Call The Midwife (BBC). Radio includes The Simon Day Show and 49 Cedar Street (BBC). Film includes London Wall (Master Media). Alix is a founder member of the Fitzrovia Radio Hour

Michael Lumsden plays Stanley de Pfeffel. He is best known for playing Ambridge Vet Alistair Lloyd in BBC Radio 4's The Archers. He studied Modern Languages at Cambridge before training at Webber Douglas. Recent theatre includes Last Confessions Of A Scallywag (Mill At Sonning), Middlemarch, Mary Broome, Mary Goes First, The Years Between (Orange Tree Theatre Richmond), My Brother David (Watford Palace), Star Quality (National Tour), Entertaining Angels (Chichester And Tour), 3-1-6 (Haymarket Basingstoke), The Real Thing (National Tour), How The Other Half Loves (National Tour), All Things Considered (Scarborough And Hampstead Theatre). Television includes Birds Of A Feather, Eastenders, Jonathan Creek, My Good Friend, House Of Anubis, The Bill, Casualty, Pig Heart Boy, Holby City, Doctors, Family Affairs, Bernard's Watch, London Bridge, Brookside, Grown Ups, Ghostbusters Of East Finchley, Crocodile Shoes, Health And Efficiency, The Buddha Of Suburbia, Firm Friends 2, Watching, The Piglet Files, Victoria Wood Playhouse, Wish Me Luck, Floodtide and Sherlock Holmes.

Samuel Collings plays Ernest Andrew. Theatre credits includes The Inn (Shakespeare's Globe), Mansfield Park (Bury St Edmunds), Lady Windemere's Fan, Edward II (Royal Exchange), The Black Diamond (Punchdrunk), The Lady From the Sea (Royal Exchange), Comedy of Errors (Royal Exchange), An Inspector Calls (Dukes Theatre), Phallacy (Hampstead/King's Head), Doctor Faustus (Liverpool Playhouse), Lock the Gates (Lyric Hammersmith), Hanging Around (Kneehigh/National Youth Theatre), School for Scandal, Doctor Faustus (Greenwich Theatre). Television includes New Tricks, The Bible, Doctors and Hex. Film includes Customers Are Reminded, Hero and True Love. Radio includes Penmarric, War and Peace, I Am David, The Dora Bella Variation and Science at Sea (all BBC).

William Findley plays Beau Belles. Theatre includes A Flea In Her Ear (Old Vic), Spike Milligan's Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall (Bristol Old Vic, National Tour), Twelfth Night (Oxford Shakespeare Company), The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (St James Theatre), Julius Caesar (Saatchi Gallery), The Importance of Being Earnest (Frinton), A Trip To Scarborough (SJT, Scarborough), Fracture (High Tide Festival), Code of the West (Tabard), Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story (Tour), Bedroom Farce (Sheringham), Look Back In Anger, Stone Cold Murder (Vienna's English Theatre), The Philadelphia (Kings Head). Television includes EastEnders, Silent Witness, Parents of the Band (BBC); A Foot in the Door (Anglia TV). Film includes NoMad; Diagnosis Superstar; Backspace; Storm; The Web. Futurity, Signal. He trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.


Dorothea Myer-Bennett plays Gretchen Haggard. She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare's Globe/World Tour), Julia Craven in The Philanderer (The Orange Tree), Thaisa/Dionyza in Pericles (Shakespeare's Globe), Queen Elizabeth in Richard III (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Sonya in Uncle Vanya (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Carol in This Was A Man (Finborough Theatre), Rosalind in As You Like It, Lady Croom in Arcadia, Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lady Anne in Richard III, Célimene in The Misanthrope, Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Regan in King Lear and Varya in The Cherry Orchard (all for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory). Other Theatre includes The Spire (Salisbury Playhouse), The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival & Tour), Present Laughter (No.1 Tour), Transparency (Ransom Theatre), Freshwater (Charleston Festival), Hay Fever (Manchester Royal Exchange), She Stoops to Conquer (Birmingham Rep & Tour), Restoration (Headlong), Mendelssohn in Scotland (City of London Sinfonia) and The Tamer Tamed (Shakespeare's Globe). Television includes Holby City (BBC), Jude the Obscure, Dead Man Talking (BBC), Plastic People (Green Dot). Film includes The Honourable Rebel - as lead Elizabeth Montagu (MF Productions) and The Payback (Future Films).

Director Owen Lewis is a theatre and comedy director whose credits include The Only Way Is Downton (Edinburgh, London and UK/US tours), Olivier-Nominated Eric And Little Ern (Vaudeville Theatre, St. James Theatre & National Tour), Jenny Éclair's How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane) - (National tour) and Suggs: My Life Story (Garrick Theatre & National Tour - also adapted & directed by Owen for Radio 4 as Suggs: My Mad-Life Crisis) and Stewart Lee's Johnson & Boswell: Late But Live (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh & Scottish tour). He has also been a recipient of the RSC Buzz Goodbody Director's Award.

Seabright Productions is an award-winning commercial theatre Production Company based in London's West End. Current Productions include The Boys In The Band (Park), Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Lyric), Trainspotting (Vaults), Potted Panto (Garrick) and Potted Potter (world tour). Past productions include Eric and Little Ern (Vaudeville and St. James Theatre), Our Boys (Duchess), Simon Callow in The Man Jesus (UK tour) and over 200 productions at the Edinburgh Fringe. James Seabright is on the board of the League of Independent Producers, sits on the bursary panel of Stage One, is an associate of Wilton's Music Hall and a member of the Society of London Theatre. www.seabrights.com


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