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As the build up to Christmas 2020 continues, Storyhouse has announced the cast for their much anticipated original Storyhouse production. With Christmas productions in short supply this year, A Christmas Carol will bring much needed joy and festive family cheer to the city and to those from further afield who will come to be entertained this Christmas.

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The cast have commenced online rehearsals using Zoom, and will then move on to socially-distanced rehearsals on the Storyhouse thrust stage.
A Christmas Carol opens on Saturday 7 November.

Returning to Chester after a socially-distanced summer at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this year are:
Anton Cross as Bob Cratchit, Anton played Luciana in A Comedy of Errors at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre earlier this year, (other credits include Romeo in Romeo And Juliet, The Orange Tree Theatre).
Jessica Dives as Mrs Cratchit and musical director, Jessica also appeared in A Comedy of Errors this summer, (other credits include Feste in Twelfth Night, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre).

Storyhouse A Christmas Carol Bob CratchitStoryhouse A Christmas Carol Mrs Cratchit

Returning to Chester are:
Natalie Grady who played Marc Antony in Julius Caesar in Storyhouse’s opening rep season, will play Scrooge (other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, and Tartuffe RSC / Birmingham Rep).
Seren Vickers will play the Ghost of Christmas Present (other theatre credits include The Borrowers and Henry V, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre)
Stephanie Hockley will play Clara and is also the production’s choreographer. Her other theatre credits include The Little Mermaid, Liverpool Playhouse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Storyhouse opening rep season).

Storyhouse A Christmas Carol ScroogeStoryhouse A Christmas Carol The Ghost Of Christmas PresentStoryhouse A Christmas Carol Clara

Heading to Storyhouse for the first time are:
Matthew Ganley will play Marley, (other theatre credits include The Prince and the Pauper at the New Vic),
Norah Lopez Holden as Fred (other theatre credits include The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s Globe),
Yana Penrose as Rosie (other theatre credits include How Love is Spelt Southwark Playhouse).

Storyhouse A Christmas Carol MarleyStoryhouse A Christmas Carol FredStoryhouse A Christmas Carol Rosie

Nine actors (to be announced soon) from Storyhouse’s Youth Theatre will have their stage debuts and share the roles of Tiny Tim, The Ghost of Christmas Past, Peter and Mary Cratchit.

The creative team includes Alex Clifton as writer and director, Jessica Curtis as designer, Ben Harrison as sound designer, Prema Mehta as lighting designer, Jessica Dives as musical director and Stephanie Hockley as choreographer.

Alex Clifton said:

“We are so delighted to have this company! They each come with enormous skill, commitment and energy. They are all wonderful storytellers and are ready to work very hard. Like always, they each come with a diversity of experiences and perspectives and a variety of skills: musicianship, singing, physical skills. They can’t wait to be with an audience – to connect with, to play with and to.”

When visiting Storyhouse, you can make a day or evening of it and visit one of the many family-friendly restaurants , with choices galore there’s bound to something to suit all ages and with so many offers Mum and Dad will be happy too.