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Rhys Ifans to Lead A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Old Vic; Full Cast Announced

Rhys Ifans to Lead A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Old Vic; Full Cast Announced

Matthew Warchus directs Charles Dickens' timeless classic A Christmas Carol in a joyous new adaptation by Jack Thorne, starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge, opening at The Old Vic on 29 November with previews from 20 November.

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 essential 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, Under Milk Wood (National Theatre), Don Juan in Soho, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Bad Finger (Donmar Warehouse), Beautiful Thing (Duke of York's Theatre), Thyestes (Royal Court), Smoke and Poison Pen (Manchester Royal Exchange). Film includes 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 he will be appearing in The Parting Glass later in 2017. Television includes 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.

Melissa Allan plays Little Fan. Her theatre work includes Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre of Scotland, UK tour, National Theatre).

Jamie Cameron plays Young Ebenezer / George. His theatre credits include Once the Musical (Phoenix Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC) and Carmen Disruption (Almeida Theatre).

John Dagleish plays Bob Cratchit. In 2015, John was presented with an Oliver Award for his performance in Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre / Harold Pinter Theatre. His other theatre credits include Common (The National), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Young Vic), The Winter's Tale, Harlequinade (The Garrick), and The Mother (Out of Joint, Royal Court). His television credits include The Moorside, The Last Dragonslayer, Silent Witness, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Truckers, Laid, Siblings, Beaver Falls, Starlings, The Hollow Crown: Henry V, Any Human Heart, Very Few Fish, The Bill, Lark Rise to Candleford and The Fantasist (Pilot). His film credits include Justice League, Mary Poppins Returns, The Monuments Men, Snow in Paradise, Age of Heroes, Frankie Teardrop and The Priest.

Erin Doherty plays Belle. Her theatre credits include Lights Out (Royal Court), Wish List (Royal Court / Manchester Royal Exchange), My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Young Vic), Junkyard, The Glass Menagerie (Headlong tour), Who Cares (The Lowry) and Pink Mist (Bristol Old Vic). Her television credits include Call the Midwife.

Oliver Evans is in the ensemble. His theatre credits include The Little Beasts (The Other Palace), Three Witches (Belgrade Theatre), Clinton, the Musical (The King's Head), Ella and the Dragophant (George Wood Theatre), The Most Wonderful Time of Year (Jermyn Street Theatre), Vice, a Jazz Opera (Arcola and Soho Theatres), Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast (Hertford Theatre) and A Little Bit of Dickens (Hertford and Dugdale Theatres). His film credits include The Battle of the Somme, Closely Watched Rooms, 59 and Handle with Care.

Tim van Eyken plays Nicholas. His theatre credits include Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (The Old Vic), Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre), The Long Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), War Horse (National Theatre), The Little Match Girl (Sadler's Wells), Easter Rising & Thereafter (Hartswood-Hook Prods), Birdsong (UK tour), The Ballad of Little Musgrove (Aldeburgh Music), Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows (Watford Palace Theatre), and Good (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester). Television and film credits include The Imitation Game and Foyle's War.

Alex Gaumond plays Father / Marley. His theatre credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent's Park Open Air), Sweeney Todd (ENO), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde (Savoy theatre), Top Hat (Aldwych), We Will Rock You (Dominion theatre), Caroline, or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Globe), The Trial of Jane Fonda (Park Theatre), Into the Woods (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Shakespeare's Birthday Bash (RSC).

Siena Kelly plays Jess. Her theatre credits include On the Town (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre).

Eugene McCoy plays Fred. His theatre credits include Groundhog Day (The Old Vic), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre / Chichester Festival Theatre), American Psycho (Almeida Theatre), Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre), They're Playing Our Song (Menier Chocolate Factory), Guys & Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre), Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales Theatre) and Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre). His television and film credits include Paddington 2, Doctors and Little Crackers.

Myra McFadyen plays Ghost of Christmas Past. Her theatre credits include Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Lion the Witch And The Wardrobe, The Winter's Tale, Everyman, The Mysteries (RSC), Out Of A House Walked A Man, Macbeth, Square Rounds, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (National Theatre), I Am Thomas, Macbeth, and The House Of Bernarda Alba (National Theatre of Scotland). Her television credits include Dracula, Wedding Belles, Rose and Maloney, Teachers, Monarch of the Glen, Jonathan Creek, Mr Charity and Inspector Rebus - Dead Souls. Her film credits include Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, Mamma Mia!, Made Of Honor and Rob Roy.

Maria Omakinwa plays Mrs Cratchit. Her theatre credits include Show Boat (New London Theatre), The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), Avenue Q (Noel Coward Theatre), One Love (Birmingham Rep) and Show Boat (Sheffield Crucible).

Alastair Parker plays Fezziwig. His theatre credits include Matilda (West End / RSC), Oliver (Palladium), Treasure Island, People, Jerry Springer the Opera, The Merchant of Venice, Honk, The Villains (National Theatre), The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Two Women for One Ghost, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, and HMS Pinafore (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre). Television credits Doctor Who, Synchronicity, An Audience with Hill, White Teeth, The Vice, Spooks and Crossroads. Film credits include The Hitman and Her, A Quiet Courage, London Road, Merchant of Venice and Hell for Leather.

Golda Rosheuvel plays Ghost of Christmas Present / Mrs. Fezziwig. Her recent theatre credits include Electra (The Old Vic), A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer,, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (National Theatre), We Will Rock You (Dominion theatre), The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra, Marat / Sade (RSC), Realism, Mongrel Island, Pure Gold (Soho theatre), The Front Line, Romeo and Juliet (The Globe), Porgy and Bess, and Macbeth (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre). Her television and film credits include Lady Macbeth, Luther, Silent Witness, Dead Boss, Rev, I Live with Models, Mr Stink, Holby City, Damned and Trial and Retribution.

Toby Eden, Grace Fincham, Ethan Quinn and Lenny Rush share the role of Tiny Tim.

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. Matthew's extensive 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, 7 Olivier Awards, including Best Director and Best New Musical, and 4 Tony Awards), Ghost: The Musical and La Bête (West End and Broadway), Deathtrap (West End), The Norman Conquests (The Old Vic, West End and Broadway, Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play), God of Carnage (West End and Broadway, Tony Award for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play), 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), Speed-the-Plow (The Old Vic), the theatrical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (also co-writer, West End), Buried Child (National Theatre), Endgame (Albery Theatre), Our House (Cambridge Theatre, Olivier Award for Best Musical), Follies (Broadway), Life x 3 (National Theatre, The Old Vic and Broadway), True West (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway, Tony nominations for Best Director and Best Play), The Unexpected Man (RSC, West End and Broadway), Art (Broadway, West End, Los Angeles, Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Play), Hamlet and Henry V (RSC), Volpone (National Theatre, Evening Standard Award for Best Director), Much Ado About Nothing (West End), Betrayal, Death of a Salesman, The Plough Beyond the Stars, Fiddler on the Roof and Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Opera credits include Falstaff and Così Fan Tutte (ENO) and The Rake's Progress (ROH and WNO). Matthew directed feature films Pride (2014, BIFA Best British Independent Film, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated) and Simpatico (1999).

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, WhatsOnstage, South Bank Show and Olivier Award 2016-7), The Solid Life Of Sugar Water (Graeae Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival & UK Tour), Hope (Royal Court), Let The Right One In (Dundee Rep / Royal Court, NTS / Marla Rubin Ltd.), The Borough (Punchdrunk / Aldeburgh Festival), Stuart: A Life Backwards (adapt. Hightide / Sheffield Theatres - Edinburgh Festival & UK tour), Mydidae (Drywrite - Soho Theatre / Trafalgar Studios), The Physicists (adapt. Donmar Warehouse), Bunny (nabokov - UK tour / New York), Red Car Blue Car, Two Cigarettes, When You Cure Me (Bush Theatre), Greenland (National Theatre), 2nd May 1997 (Bush / nabokov), Burying Your Brother in the Pavement (NT Connections), Stacy (Tron / Arcola / Trafalgar Studios) and Fanny and Faggot (Pleasance Edinburgh / Finborough / Trafalgar Studios).Television work includes National Treasure (Best Mini Series - BAFTA 2017, Royal Television Society Award 2017), The Last Panthers, Don't Take My Baby (Best Single - BAFTA 2016), Glue, The Fades (Best Drama Series - BAFTA 2012), This Is England '90 (Best Serial - BAFTA 2016, Royal Television Society Award 2016), This Is England '88 (Best Mini-Series - BAFTA 2012) and This is England '86, Cast-Offs and episodes of Skins and Shameless. Films include Wonder, War Book, A Long Way Down and The Scouting Book for Boys, which premiered at the 2010 London Film Festival and won the Best British Newcomer Award.

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