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NEWS: Jacqueline Jossa, Matt Jay-Willis, Lucie Jones, Sandra Marvin, Cedric Neal & more join Brian Conley in A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre

A star cast including Jacqueline Jossa, Matt Jay-Willis, Lucie Jones, Sandra Marvin, Cedric Neal and more will join Brian Conley in the new, musical staged concert of Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent’s A Christmas Carol, which is set to play a strictly limited season at London’s Dominion Theatre from 7 December 2020 to 2 January 2021 (press night is 14 December).

I’m A Celebrity…2019 winner Jacqueline Jossa will join the cast as Emily/Ghost of Christmas Future. Jossa is an award-winning actress who played Lauren Branning in BBC1’s Eastenders from 2010-2018.

Matt Jay-Willis will play Bob Cratchit. Jay-Willis’ band Busted was one of the biggest pop success stories of the early noughties, and he has since starred in Wicked and Little Shop of Horrors in the West End.

Joining them are acclaimed performers Lucie Jones (Waitress, Rent, The X-Factor finalist), who will play The Ghost of Christmas Past, Sandra Marvin (Emmerdale, Waitress) who will be Mrs Fezziwig and Martyn Ellis (My Fair Lady, One Man, Two Guvnors) who will play her husband Mr Fezziwig.

Cedric Neal (The Voice, Motown The Musical, Back To The Future The Musical) will be The Ghost of Christmas Present, Jeremy Secomb (The Phantom of the Opera, Jerry Springer: The Opera) takes the role of Jacob Marley, Rebecca Lock (Heathers, Curtains) will play Mrs Cratchit and Sam Oladeinde (Hamilton, The Book of Mormon) will be Fred Anderson/Young Scrooge.

The staged concert will star TV comedy actor and West End star Brian Conley (9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jolson, Hairspray) as Ebenezer Scrooge, who will be joined on stage by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) and cast of over 50.

Written by the critically acclaimed team of Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast), Lynn Ahrens (Anastasia, Ragtime) and Mike Ockrent (Me and My Girl, Crazy for You), the stage musical of A Christmas Carol first premiered in 1994 at New York’s Paramount Theatre. It ran for a decade at Madison Square Garden and was seen by over 5 million people, becoming a firm Christmas tradition. The LMTO has previously performed A Christmas Carol to sell-out audiences and five-star reviews in 2016, 2017 and 2018 at London’s Lyceum Theatre.

The creative team is led by director Shaun Kerrison, who has helmed several previous concert productions for LMTO (A Christmas CarolMack and MabelCandide) as well as BBC Proms My Fair Lady and Kiss Me, Kate, with Freddie Tapner (founder of LMTO) as musical director. Sound design is by Nick Lidster for Autograph, design is by Dora Schweitzer, musical staging is by Tim Jackson, lighting design is by Mike Robertson, projection design is by George Reeve and casting is by Jim Arnold CDG.

Covid-19 safety measures and social distancing will be in place front of house, on stage, backstage and throughout the Dominion Theatre.

A Christmas Carol is a strictly limited run from 7 December 2020 to 2 January 2021. The Prince of Egypt will resume its run at the Dominion Theatre in the spring of 2021, pending UK Government advice.

from News, Reviews and Features – My Theatre Mates

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