Christmas Carol for Keswick

Published: 10 November 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Darren Lawrence as Scrooge in rehearsal Credit: Robert Day
The ensemble with Musical Director Richard Reeday Credit: Robert Day

A Christmas Carol runs at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick from November 22 to January 11.

This version is by Patrick Barlow, known to TBTL’s audiences as the adapter of hit 2015 production The 39 Steps. It features dance, singing and live music, arranged and composed by Richard Reeday and including festive favourites, as well as puppetry from Matt Hutchinson and set design from Hannah Wolfe.

Cold-hearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge grows grumpier and meaner than ever as Christmas Day approaches. When a ghostly apparition appears at his bedside, he’s whisked away on a startling journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

Barlow’s version was first produced in London’s West End in 2015, with Jim Broadbent playing Scrooge. TBTL’s production is directed by Gemma Fairlie and boasts a cast of five: Pete Ashmore, Sally Cheng, Max Gallagher, Darren Lawrence and Claire Storey.