A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Gary Andrews
6 - 14 December 2019
"Mankind was my business - the common welfare was my business."
An original play by Gary Andrews, A Christmas Carol brings to the stage Charles Dickens’s classic tale which has been with us since 1843, and has come to be part of Christmas for everyone. Even the most cynical amongst us cannot resist being moved by the revelations that Scrooge is subjected to and his subsequent salvation. It’s understandably moving stuff. However one of Dickens’s reasons for writing the novel was to provide a window into the social injustice that was evident at the time. The passing of the Poor Law in 1834 was designed to reduce the “cost” of having beggars on the streets and led to the introduction of the union workhouses which Scrooge refers to (and supports!). Those who entered these forbidding places were subjected to harsh conditions, poor food and clothing. This was not lost on Dickens and is an aspect of the tale to which we will aim to do justice. This production, for which the text has been adapted for the Lewes stage by David Williams, and which will be directed by me in my first production for Lewes Little Theatre, will aim to capture all of the traditional themes of Scrooge’s journey through his past, present and future, whilst at the same time exploring the impact of social injustice. We will have achieved our goal if our audiences leave the theatre with Christmas in their hearts and some provoking thoughts in their heads.
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Scrooge – (Fifties to seventies). The old man brimming with cynicism and hatred for the world but who is deep in the depths of his soul wracked with guilt and remorse. The actor in this fabulous role will need to be able to portray Scrooges gradual transformation over the piece to his eventual salvation. Obviously the main character in the piece who is a constant presence on the stage from beginning to end.
Bob Cratchit – (Thirties to fifties). Scrooge’s long suffering clerk – a wonderful hard working man with moral backbone. Some lovely contrasting emotional scenes with his family from the uplifting Christmas day to the crushingly sad scene after Tiny Tim’s “death”.
Fred – (Twenties). Scrooge’s Nephew, a kind soul who believes in the spirit of Christmas and never wavers in trying to persuade his uncle to celebrate it, despite Scrooge’s coldness towards him.
Polly – (Twenties). Fred’s wonderful wife who is so enamoured with Fred’s unwavering affection for Scrooge despite his rejection of him. She too displays the warmth and affection with her “open armed” response to Scrooge’s final transformation.
Ghost of Jacob Marley – (Fifties to seventies). Scrooge’s equally stingy dead partner, who now only after death has realised the error of his ways. Pivotal scene in Act 1 which introduces the ghostly visitations – lots of drama with this small but important part.
Ghost of Christmas Past – (Flexible age). The first ghost who takes Scrooge back to his past to reveal the things that took him down the path he has chosen. I instinctively feel this part lends itself to be a woman.
Ghost of Christmas Present – (Forties to sixties) – this is a great ghostly part and by default really needs to be played by an actor of reasonable stature. This character will be pre-set in the interval for the big reveal at the start of act 2.
Fanny – (Twenties). Scrooge’s lovely kind hearted sister whom Fred inherited all his goodness from. Her all too early death was also a factor in Scrooge’s eventual path into greed and cynicism.
Young Ebenezer – (Twenties). A small but pivotal part in the telling of Scrooge’s story. The interactions with Fanny and the eventual losing of Belle are crucial in portraying some of the significant events which affected Scrooge.
Belle – (Twenties to thirties). The lovely Belle who the Young Scrooge fell in love with only for greed and money to win over his heart. A couple of lovely scenes for Belle with Scrooge and later on with her husband.
Tiny Tim – (Eight to twelve). Absolutely essential part but not too daunting for a younger actor as there are relatively few lines. He has obviously inherited his father’s fundamental goodness in his words and deeds.
Mrs Cratchit – (Thirties to fifties). Bob’s rock and the one that holds the family together. Not a fan of Scrooge as demonstrated in the reluctant Christmas Day toast.
Martha Cratchit – (Twenties). Martha is the eldest of the Cratchit children and as now a young woman has taken a job to support the family.
Peter Cratchit – (Teens to twenties). Peter is a small supporting part of the Cratchit Family.
Belinda Cratchit – (Teens to twenties). Belinda is a nice supporting role in the family.
The Fezziwigs – (various ages). We need a Mr and Mrs and also at least one Miss Fezziwig to be at the Christmas Eve party where Scrooge meets Belle.
There are numerous other characters including; Dick Wilkins, Charity/stock market men, Ignorance, Want, Mrs Dibbler, Charwoman, Undertaker, Joe and party guests which we will need and also double up.
To obtain a script please contact Darren Heather on 07920727502 or at email@example.com