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A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, dramatised by John Mortimer

Cast & Crew

Ebenezer Scrooge Leslie Necus
Bob Cratchit
Chris Eves (Tim Page on Saturday)
Fred
Michael Street
Two Portly Gentlemen
Owen Warr, Charles Bond
Ghost of Jacob Marley
Richard Walker
Spirit of Christmas Past
Bob Godfrey
Child Scrooge
Nicos Christodoulou or Nic Munday
Young Scrooge
Matthew Fell
Headmaster Deryck Rogers
Fan
Carmen Simoni
Mr Fezziwig
Rob Kendall
Dick Wilkins
Kevin Pinks
Mrs Fezziwig
Patricia Coleman
The Misses Fezziwig
Sarah Chrispin, Laura Hemming, Lisa Neophitou
Suitor
Michael Street
Housemaid
Liz Clarke
Baker
Deryck Rogers
Cook
Pauline Sawford
Milkman
Charles Bond
Girl next door
Carmen Simoni
Apprentice boy William Morgan
Fiddler
Scott Dlundell
Belle
Sarah Chrispin
Her daughter
Lisa Neophitou
Her grandchildren
Olivia Galliano, Nicos Christodoulou or Nic Munday
Her husband
Deryck Rogers
Spirit of Christmas Present
David Chappell
Mrs Cratchit Liz Clarke
Peter Cratchit
William Morgan
Martha Cratchit
Lisa Neophitou
Berlinda Cratchit
Carmen Simoni
Tiny Tim
Nicos Christodoulou or Nic Munday
First Little Cratchit
Elliott Bannister
Second Little Cratchit
Olivia Galliano
Fred’s wife
Laura Hemming
Miss Rosie
Pauline Sawford
Mr Topper
Kevin Pinks
Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come
David Dunkley
Businessmen
Charles Bond, Bob Godfrey, Richard Walker, Deryck Rogers
Old Joe Deryck Rogers
Charwoman
Patricia Coleman
Mrs Dilber
Laura Hemming
Undertaker
Rob Kendall
Boy
William Morgan
Poulterer’s Man
Rob Kendall
Maid
Carmen Simoni
All other parts played by
members of the company

Director Ursula Wright
Musical Director
Liz Clarke
Choreographer
Jo Nutt
Lighting Design
Phil Barker, Richard Walker
Costume Co-ordinator
Wendy Dunkley
Properties
Greta Hendy
Construction
David Dunkley, Rob Kendall
Assistant Stage Managers Rebecca Willis, Tim Page
Lighting Desk
Liam O’Leary
Costumes
The Works, Dorothy Granger, Pam Manning, Alison Dunmore, Wendy Dunkley
Dressers
Odette Townsend, Sheila Morgan
Box Office
Mary Greaves
Front of House Manager
Mary Greaves
Publicity and Poster Design
Jo Nutt
Photography John Hendy

Les Necus as Scrooge. Photo by John Hendy

Production No. 338

More images from A Christmas Carol

 

PROGRAMME NOTES
Ursula Wright, director


Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, when he was 31 years old and already a popular and successful novelist, with The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby and The Old Curiosity Shop published in serialised form.

His early training as a reporter and joumalist had given him a passionate ‘interest in the social conditions of his time, and in particular the plight of the urban poor who lived in the squalid slums of London.

In the summer of that year he visited a "ragged school" in Field Lane, and wrote "I have seldom seen, in all the strange and dreadful things I have seen in London and elsewhere, anything so shocking as the dire neglect of body and soul exhibited in these children.

Three weeks later he made a speech in which he claimed that "ignorance itself was the most prolific parent of misery and crime" and urged that employers and the employed should come together to share a mutual duty and responsibility.

The themes of the common good (voiced by Scrooge's nephew in the first scene) and the family virtues of harmony and affection, run through the story.

It also contains many elements which relate directly to Dickens‘ personal life: his unhappiness as a child when his parents were sent to a debtors‘ prison, his own mounting debts and family commitments, the death of his beloved sister-in-law Mary Hogarth in 1837 and the increasing strain of the relationship with his wife Kate, which was to end in scandal and divorce in 1857.

Some critics have seen in the character of Scrooge echoes of Dickens‘ own struggle to find happiness and a meaningful place in the social and literary life of his time.

 

YOUR CHANCE TO CATCH SCROOGE
Northampton Herald & Post, 2 December 2004


A Christmas Carol is this year’s seasonal offering from Masque Theatre.

Charles Dickens’ famous story about the transformation of embittered skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge into a warm and kindly benefactor has been frequently adapted for stage, film and television and Masque have chosen playwright John Mortimer’s version because they feel it retains so much of Dickens’ language and his host of memorable characters.

There are more than 50 named roles played by a cast of 25 who also act as storytellers, commentators and memorable characters.

The haunting atmosphere is the 900-year-old Crusader Round of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Sheep Street, where the production is being staged, is the perfect setting for the Ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, to guide Scrooge through a journey towards personal redemption and a happy ending.

14 - 18 December 2004 at 7.30pm and Sat 18 at 2.30pm
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton

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