Bah humbug! First look at A Christmas Carol in rehearsal

Bah Humbug! There is less than three weeks to go until the spine-tingling Dickens classic A Christmas Carol opens at Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre, in association with SOYO Leeds.

This is the must-see Christmas production in Leeds this festive season. With an extended run and over 17,000 tickets already sold, this much-loved Dickens tale is filled with Christmas spirit, joy and music and runs from 20 November 2018 to 19 January 2019.

Rehearsal images give the first glimpse of production’s Tiny Tims played by young local actors Lipalo Mokete from Leeds and Seb Smallwood from Harrogate. Cast following an open call-out in September which saw over 50 young people audition for the role, Lipalo and Seb have spent their half terms rehearsing with cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Rob Pickavance (Europe, Leeds Playhouse).

The full company are made up of the Leeds Playhouse Ensemble with Bob Cratchit being played by Darren Kuppan (Morocco in Europe, Leeds Playhouse) and Mrs Cratchit played by Jo Mousley (Katia in Europe, Leeds Playhouse). Taking us through Scrooge’s dreams are the ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, played by Tessa Parr (Adele in Europe, Leeds Playhouse) and ElexiWalker (Airplays, Leeds Playhouse and BBC Radio Leeds) respectively. Joining them are Joe Alessi (Fret in Europe, Leeds Playhouse) who will play the infamous tormented ghost Marley; Susan Twist (Airplays, Leeds Playhouse and BBC Radio Leeds) as Mrs Fezziwig; and Dan Parr (Berlin in Europe, Leeds Playhouse) as Fred.

A Christmas Carol is adapted by award-winning, West Yorkshire born playwright Deborah McAndrew, directed by Leeds Playhouse’s Associate Director Amy Leach (RoadRomeo & JulietKesThe Night Before Christmas, Leeds Playhouse) and designed by award-winning Hayley Grindle (RoadRomeo & Juliet, Leeds Playhouse). A Christmas Carol is a Leeds Playhouse production in association with Hull Truck Theatre.

A Christmas Carol, Leeds Playhouse Pop-Up theatre

Tue 20 Nov – Sat 19 Jan, Press Night Fri 23 Nov, 7pm

Box office 0113 213 7700. Book online leedsplayhouse.org.uk