No it’s not a ghost you see but Griff Rhys Jones as Scrooge in LMTO's A Christmas Carol... & more stellar casting

02 Nov
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff

Following sell-out performances in 2016 and 2017, the London Musical Theatre Orchestra returns to the Lyceum Theatre for three performances of Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens & Mike Ockrent’s A Christmas Carol on 10 and 17 December 2018 & just look at the cast – full of #StageFaves. There’s no ‘Bah, humbug!’ from us!

A Christmas Carol will star one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers: comedian, actor, writer and producer Griff Rhys Jones will play Charles Dickens’ great miser Ebenezer Scrooge. Joining him are Lucie Jones (Les Misérables, Legally Blonde, Eurovision 2017) as Emily/The Ghost of Christmas Future, Miriam-Teak Lee (Hamilton, On The Town) as The Ghost of Christmas Past, Cedric Neal (Chess, Motown) as The Ghost of Christmas Present, Rosemary Ashe (The Witches of Eastwick, The Phantom of the Opera) as Mrs Fezziwig, and Nicolas Colicos (The Producers, The Bodyguard) as Mr Fezziwig. Further casting is soon to be announced.

Due to exceptional demand, a matinee performance has been also added at 4pm on Monday 17 December.

Founder Freddie Tapner said: “Griff Rhys Jones has long been a hero of mine, and so to have him coming to play Scrooge is incredibly exciting. I can’t wait to see what he does with the role – and in a first for LMTO, audiences now have three chances to see him in action. Bring on the 10 December and those opening chords of the Overture.”

Griff Rhys Jones added:

“I’m delighted to be getting to play my hero, Scrooge. I have based a lot of my current life choices on him. Dickens made a huge impact on our whole idea of Christmas with his little book, A Christmas Carol. It has justly been a favourite ever since and this is a brilliant and moving musical version. I am working alongside a talented and enthusiastic group of performers and musicians who make up the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. I’m very much looking forward to going on that uplifting journey that Scrooge takes on that fateful Christmas Eve and hope people will enjoy the concert as much as we will enjoy performing it.” 

Shaun Kerrison returns to direct this hit production. LMTO’s concert version of A Christmas Carol follows their triumphant performance of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot at the London Palladium and Martin Smith’s King at The Hackney Empire earlier this year, as well as Mack and Mabel at the Hackney Empire, Bernstein’s Candide In Concert at Cadogan Hall in 2017 and a sell-out five-star 2016 season. LMTO’s production of Howard Goodall’s Girlfriends will be performed on 2 November and 3 November and stars Lucie Jones, Lauren Samuels, Bronté Barbé, Natasha Barnes, Vikki Stone and Rob Houchen.