Simon Callow will release a two-disc album capturing his self-written solo version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The album drops December 1, which also marks the 175th anniversary of the classic novella.
Callow is joined on the recording by national brass band champions The Brighouse and Rastrick Band, who will perform traditional Christmas carols. The band's carols accompany Callow's narration on the first disc, while the second disc features the full-length musical performances on their own, including "Silent Night," "Away in a Manger," and "O Come All Ye Faithful."
Callow first performed his adaptation of the classic Christmas story in December 2016 in a production directed by Tom Cairns at the Arts Theatre. Callow follows in the footsteps of Dickens himself, who performed his work live 128 times before he died.
This project marks the latest in a long line of Dickens-related work in Callow's career. He published a biography of the writer in 2012, performed in The Mystery of Charles Dickens on Broadway and the West End, and portrayed Dickens on BBC's Doctor Who. Callow is also noted for his performances in films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, and Amadeus.
A Christmas Carol is produced by Island Records.