Its going to be the must-see show of the winter season. Jim Broadbent is set to bring a bit of bah humbug to the Yuletide as Scrooge in the perennial Dickens’ favourite, A Christmas Carol.
Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of the classic Christmas story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption, will open at London’s Noël Coward Theatre in November.
The multi award-winning actor, Jim Broadbent, makes his long-awaited return to the stage to play the old rogue who finds himself haunted by his past, present and future.
The popular stage and screen star is an Oscar, BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning theatre, film and television actor, best known for roles in Iris, Moulin Rouge and regular appearances in Mike Leigh’s films.
He has appeared in an eclectic mix of projects, including John S. Baird’s scurrilous Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth; Roger Michell’s romantic comedy drama Le Weekend; and The Harry Hill Movie, in which he appeared in drag as a three-armed cleaning lady.
On TV his extensive credits include Any Human Heart (based on William Boyd’s novel of the same name); Longford; The Gathering Storm and The Great Train Robbery.
Having studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Broadbent has also appeared extensively on the stage, notably with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig, this imaginative adaptation of A Christmas Carol will bring some of Dickens’ most memorable characters to life.
Coming together to create this innovative new work are some of our most loved and mischievous maverick theatre-makers.
The play is written by Patrick Barlow (who also wrote the long-running hit, The 39 Steps) with whom Jim Broadbent performed for years in Barlow’s cult comedy troupe, The National Theatre of Brent.
It is directed by Olivier award-winning Phelim McDermott, artistic director of Improbable, one of Britain’s most inventive theatre companies.
A Christmas Carol will run at Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, from November 30 (previews) to January 30.