London’s Old Vic Theatre has announced that it will stage an all-new version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans this upcoming holiday season. The new adaptation is penned by playwright and screenwriter Jack Thorne, who recently adapted Woyzeck at the Old Vic and worked on the stage adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The production will be directed by Artistic Director Matthew Warchus.
Ifans will play the role of Scrooge, the bitter miser who is visited on Christmas Eve by four ghosts. Performances are set to begin November 18 ahead of a November 29 opening.
Warchus’ directing credits include Groundhog Day, now on Broadway, Matilda The Musical, Art, La Bête, Deathtrap, and God of Carnage, among many others.
Further casting will be announced at a later date.
A Christmas Carol will feature designs by Rob Howell, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Simon Baker, and a score and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale.