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Cast announced for A Christmas Carol


Hull Truck Theatre has announced the cast for their festive production of A Christmas Carol, presented with Hull UK City of Culture 2017. The show is set in Hull and will be delivered with Hull Truck Theatre’s unique brand of festive magic. 

On a cold Christmas Eve, four spirits conspire to show Ebenezer Scrooge the error of his ways. His old business partner, Jacob Marley, has returned from the dead to offer him a second chance, if he can change his mean and miserly behaviour.

Nowhere are the effects of poverty more keenly felt than in the Cratchit family, especially by their youngest son, Tiny Tim. As Scrooge’s inspirational journey shows him both the hardship and love of those around him, he is reminded of his own powers of charity and kindness.

The cast are recent LAMDA graduate Rosa Hesmondhalgh (Wild Honey, Spring Awakening at LAMDA), Polly Lister (I Was a Life, The Dukes Theatre Lancaster; Abigail’s Party, Theatre by the Lake), Jo Mousley (The Twits, Leicester Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston; Rainbow Canaries, West Yorkshire Playhouse), Gurjeet Singh (Goth Weekend, Live Theatre Newcastle; Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough), Mitesh Soni (Home Truths, Cardboard Citizens; Rudolf, West Yorkshire Playhouse), Joseph Tweedale (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Theatre Clwyd; The Borrowers, Sherman Theatre), Andrew Whitehead (Unsung, Liverpool Everyman; The Winter’s Tale, Northern Broadsides), and Christopher Wright (Julius Caesar, Storyhouse; The Winter’s Tale, Octagon Theatre Bolton).

Mark Babych, Artistic Director at Hull Truck Theatre, said: “A Christmas Carol has everything a festive tale needs – glowing warmth, a magical atmosphere, and timeless characters. Deborah’s beautiful adaptation will keep the elements of the story which we all know and love, whilst giving it a uniquely Hull twist. 

"A Christmas Carol isn’t just a well-known festive story. It’s also a comment on poverty, social deprivation, and the importance of giving people the opportunity to thrive. It’s the perfect story to round off the fourth season of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. Hull itself has been on a transformational journey, from being known as one of the UK’s most impoverished cities, to being celebrated as a place with a rich cultural identity and a bright, optimistic future.

"We’re also thrilled to be welcoming Amy Leach as the show’s director. She’s one of the best, brightest directors working in theatre today and will bring a charismatic energy to this sparkling adaptation.”

The creative team are Amy Leach (Director), Ruby Thompson (Assistant Director), Deborah McAndrew (Writer), John Biddle (Composer), Ed Clarke (Sound Designer), Joshua Carr (Lighting Designer), Jon Beney (Movement Director) and Hayley Grindle (Set and Costume Designer).

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