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A Christmas Carol


Charles Dickens
adapted by John Mortimer

3rd - 10th December 2005,
(Matinees 3rd and 10th December, 2pm)
Director: Celia Bonner
Assisted by Adele Taylor

Ebenezer Scrooge is a penny-pinching miser in the first degree. He cares nothing for the people around him and mankind exists only for the money that can be made through exploitation and intimidation. He particularly detests Christmas which he views as 'a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer'. Scrooge is visited, on Christmas Eve, by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley who died seven Christmas Eves ago.

Marley, a miser from the same mold as Scrooge, is suffering the consequences in the afterlife and hopes to help Scrooge avoid his fate. He tells Scrooge that he will be haunted by three spirits. These three spirits, the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, succeed in showing Scrooge the error of his ways. His glorious reformation complete, Christmas morning finds Scrooge sending a Christmas turkey to his long-suffering clerk, Bob Cratchit, and spending Christmas day in the company of his nephew, Fred, whom he had earlier spurned.

Scrooge's new-found benevolence continues as he raises Cratchit's salary and vows to assist his family, which includes Bob's crippled son, Tiny Tim. In the end Dickens reports that Scrooge became ' as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew'.

Scrooge Mike Janes
Bob Cratchit Charlie Cook
Fred, Scrooge's Nephew Simon Caporn
Two Portly Gentlemen Eric Smith
Jeremy Cleverley
The Ghost of Jacob Marley Peter de la Wyche
The Spirit of Christmas Past Caroline Melliar-Smith
Child Scrooge Aiden Westaway
Richard Barnes
Boy Scrooge Rick Price
Headmaster Jeremy Cleverley
Fan Olivia Jones
Mr Fezziwig Jeremy Cleverley
Dick Wilkins John Lawson
Fiddler Bill Paulson
Mrs Fezziwig Belinda Coghlan
Young Scrooge Ed Barry
Belle Alice Battersby
Belle's daughter Jessica Riley
The Spirit of Christmas Present Eric Smith
Mrs Cratchit Diana Boswell
Peter Rick Price
Belinda Olivia Jones
Martha Jessica Riley
Boy Cratchit Aiden Flatt
Girl Cratchit Anwen Jones
Tiny Tim Aiden Westaway
Richard Barnes
Fred's Wife Alice Battersby
Her Sisters Linda Batson
Pat Barrow
Caroline Melliar-Smith
Mr Topper Tom Thistleton
Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come Vi Pope
Old Joe Peter de la Wyche
Charwoman Adele Taylor
Performance Note: The programme listed Charwoman as Sue Jones who had to pull out a week before the performance because of a family commitment
Mrs Dilber Belinda Coghlan
Undertaker's Man Ronnie Dykstra
All Other roles were played by members of the company
Stage Manager Jill Hine
ASMs Liz Cook
Christina Theobald
Helen Bingle
Daphne Martyn
Jan Atkinson
Val Watkinson
Paul Lewis
Music Chris McClory
Lighting Martin Theobald
Sound Steve Williamson
Prop Construction Jacque Bilsborough
Diana Boswell
Tom Thistleton
Costumes Olive Bradbury
Linda Batson
Jacque Bilsborough
Sonia Dykstra
Fenella Fowkes
Carole Holmes
Set Design Steve Williamson
Set Construction Steve Williamson
Mike Rhodes
Ronnie Dykstra
Wigs Chris Bullimore
House Managers Trevor Jones
Allan Percival
Pat Wheeler
Graphic Design by MacDrive
The play was sponsored by Wilmslow artist, Jacky Freeman