Casting has been announced for Patrick Barlow’s much anticipated stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol which opens at the Noël Coward Theatre this December.
Joining award-winning actor Jim Broadbent will be Adeel Akhtar, Amelia Bullmore, Keir Charles and Samantha Spiro.
Adeel Akhtar played hapless Fessal in Chris Morris’ Four Lions and Maroush in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator. He was BAFTA-nominated for his role in Utopia and, his work on-stage, includes playing Guildenstern in Hamlet at the Young Vic.
Amelia Bullmore is known as a writer (Di and Viv and Rose) and actress. Her TV appearances include starring in the ITV cop series, Scott and Bailey, and playing Kay Hope, Head of Sustainability, in hit BBC comedy Twenty Twelve.
Her stage credits include The Norman Conquests at the Old Vic, which subsequently transferred to Broadway.
Keir Charles’ stage credits include The White Devil, The Arden of Faversham and The Roaring Girl (all for the RSC). He also appeared in the recent Simon Pegg film Man Up.
Double Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro recently appeared on stage in Di and Viv and Rose at the Vaudeville Theatre, as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and as Katherine in The Taming
of the Shrew both at Shakespeare’s Globe.
She is known for playing Barbara Windsor in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuel and Dick at the National Theatre and won the Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical for both Merrily We Roll Along at the Donmar Warehouse and Hello! Dolly at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Puppeteers Jack Parker and Kim Scopes complete the ensemble.
Broadbent makes his long-awaited return to the stage to play Scrooge in Dickens’ classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption.
The play has been written by Patrick Barlow with whom Jim Broadbent performed for many years in Barlow’s cult comedy troupe, The National Theatre of Brent.
A Christmas Carol is directed by Olivier award-winning Phelim McDermott, artistic director of Improbable, one of Britain’s most inventive theatre companies. McDermott also directed Theatre of Blood in 2005, at the National Theatre, which was Broadbent’s last stage appearance.
A Christmas Carol runs at the Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London from November 30 (previews) until January 30.