Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” has a new lively adaptation written by 39 Steps’ Patrick Barlow featuring Peter Bradbury (Cyrano, Picnic, The Norman Conquests) as Scrooge. The delightful new version includes the musical merriment of four talented actors who add pleasurable wit and humor as they shepherd Ebenezer through his paces of Christmas past, present and future, turning an old miser into a generous man who helps celebrate the holidays.
The cast includes Mark Light-Orr as Bob Cratchit, a zany and witty Jessie Shelton as Mrs. Fezziwig (multiple roles and on violin), a jolly Franca Vercelloni (multiple roles) and on accordion, and a multi-talented Mark Price (Mary Poppins) as drummer and puppeteer to Tiny Tim.
Bradbury has just the right mix of sinister and tongue-in-cheek wit to keep audiences engaged in this 90 minute performance that runs through December 30th. The season is off to a good start with the tradition of this classic tale.
Period costumes are by Anne Kennedy with a turntable stage, swivel iron gate & winding staircase ladder, simply and cleverly designed by Brian Prather with sound by Victoria DeIorio and lighting by Chris Lee.
The iconic story doesn’t need much – just your imagination and the five talents who bring this timeless holiday treasure alive in a tour de force that will have you laughing, singing and reminiscing. Grab a hot chocolate and enjoy!
Theatre at St. Clement’s (423 W. 46 St.) www.telecharge.com 212 2239-6200
*Opening Night photos: JK Clarke