A Christmas Carol
Mark Gatiss (Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) stars as Jacob Marley in his own retelling of Dickens’ classic winter ghost story alongside Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire, The Crown, The Iron Lady and 37 Days) as Scrooge. Filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects, prepare to be frightened and delighted in equal measure as you enter the supernatural Victorian world of A Christmas Carol.
It’s a cold Christmas Eve and mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley. Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn’t too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate, but first he’ll have to face three more eerie encounters…
After being locked up for decades, the beautiful Alexandra Palace Theatre has recently been restored and reopened. Experience this classic story, in the haunting surroundings of this old theatre, filled with memories and the ghosts of the past.
Eilene Davidson Productions and Eleanor Lloyd Productions presents the Nottingham Playhouse production of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Adapted by Mark Gatiss where it runs 9th – 20th November 2021.
Nicholas Farrell is a stage, film and television actor. His theatre credits include: Wild Duck (Almeida Theatre); Hamlet (Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre); Single Spies (Chichester Festival Theatre); Damsel in Distress (Chichester Festival Theatre); Peter and Alice (Michael Grandage Company); Browning Version/South Downs (Chichester/ West End); Birdsong (Comedy Theatre); Stuff Happens; Dinner (National Theatre); The Lady in the Van (Queens); The Strip (Royal Court); Walpurgis Night (The Gate); Kean (Old Vic/Canada); The Cherry Orchard (Aldwych); Divine Gossip; Three Sisters; Cymbeline; The Revenger’s Tragedy; The Merchant of Venice; Julius Caesar; Desert Air; Hamlet; Camille; Red Noses (RSC); Crime & Punishment (Lyric Hammersmith); Anyone for Denis (Whitehall Theatre); Lonestar/ Private Wars (Bush Theatre); A Man for All Seasons; As You Like It; A Month in the Country (Bristol Old Vic); Fears & Misery of The Third Reich (Open Space); The Crucible (Scarborough).
Nicholas’s television credits include: Gentleman Jack; The Nevers; The Crown; La Templanza; Whitehouse Farm; The Cry; Midsomer Murders; Will; SS-GB; Jack The Ripper; Thirteen; Siblings; Call the Midwife; The Village; 37 Days; Secret State; Death in Paradise; New Tricks; Father Brown; Bouquet of Barbed Wire; Lewis; Torchwood; The Diary of Anne Frank; Collision; Heartbeat; Casualty 1907; Rebus; Waking the Dead; Talk to Me; Inspector Lynley 6; The Roman Mysteries; Persuasion; Suburban Shootout; Poirot: Mystery of Blue Train & The ABC Murders ; Jericho; Trial and Retribution; Bedtime Stories III; Absolute Power; Foyle’s War: The Funk Hole; Reversals; Sparkhouse; Spooks; The Jury; Sex Chips and Rock and Roll; Family Money; Deadly Summer; Drop the Dead Donkey; Sharpe’s Regiment; The Treasure Seekers; Bramwell; The Choir; Harry; A Breed of Heroes; To Play the King; The Riff Raff Element; Lipstick On Your Collar; Casualty; Trials of Oz; Lovejoy; The Ginger Tree; Hold the Dream; Dead Lucky; The Fools on the Hill; Mansfield Park; The White Guard; The Jewel in The Crown.
His film credits include: Dream Horse; Christmas in the Highlands; The Coldest Play; Hurricane; The Iron Lady; White Chamber; Another Mother’s Son; Legend; Mindhorn; Lies We Tell; Finding Altamira; Amazing Grace; Grace of Monaco; Summer in February; Pearl Harbor; Charlotte Gray; Hamlet; In the Bleak Midwinter; Twelfth Night; Greystoke; Chariots of Fire.
Mark Gatiss has had a long and varied career as a writer, director and producer behind the camera, as well as being a critically-acclaimed actor and published author.
His early success on television was as part of the comedy troupe The League of Gentlemen, for which he both wrote and appeared onscreen as various characters.
He had a childhood passion for Doctor Who and both wrote for and starred in the modern revival. He was also the writer and executive producer of An Adventure in Space and Time, a 90-minute dramatisation of the genesis of the series as part of the show’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2013.
Mark is the co-creator and executive producer of Sherlock, the hit BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman which has seen unprecedented global success and in which he also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes. The show has won a total of nine Emmys and twelve BAFTAs across its four series.
Mark’s other writing credits for television include episodes of Nighty Night (2004 – 2005) Crooked House (2008), two episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, his adaptation of HG Wells’ The First Men in the Moon (2010) and all three episodes of the documentary series A History of Horror (2010) and its one-off sequel Horror Europa (2012), all of which he presented as well. Most recently he wrote and presented two art documentaries for BBC4 – one on John Minton and the other on Aubrey Beardsley.
Recent acting roles include The Duke of Marlborough in the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated The Favourite (2018), Disney’s Christopher Robin (2018), Peter Mandelson in James Graham’s Coalition (2015) and Tycho Nestoris in HBO’s Game of Thrones (2014-2017). He recently starred opposite Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman in the award-winning screen adaptation of Florian Zeller’s The Father. Upcoming movie roles include Mission Impossible 7 and Operation Mincemeat.
On stage, he has starred alongside Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus (2013), as Harold in Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band (2016) and as Doctor Shpigelsky in Patrick Marber’s adaptation of Turgenev’s Three Days in the Country for which he received the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In November 2018 he took the titular role in The Madness of George III at the Nottingham Playhouse – the best-selling show in the theatre’s history.
Most recently he co-created and executive produced the BBC and Netflix drama Dracula. For Christmas 2021 he has written and directed The Mezzotint (M.R James adaptation) for BBC Two and The Amazing Mr Blunden for Sky One – the latter of which he stars in alongside Simon Callow and Tamsin Greig.
James Backway’s theatre credits include: Holes (Nottingham Playhouse/UK Tour), Hollow, Jackie the Baboon, Rubbish (Brunskill & Grimes), The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatr Clwyd), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), Watership Down (Watermill Theatre), War Horse (National Theatre/West End), Is There WiFi in Heaven? (National Theatre), The Sound of Music (London Palladium).
His television and film credits include: Call the Midwife; Eastenders; The King’s Man; Hanna; Humans; War Horse: Passchendaele 100; What Happened To Evie; Little Sh*t; Subnautica.
Angelina Chudi is an actor, voice actor, puppeteer and occasional writer from East London. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Angelina’s theatre credits include: Dear Elizabeth (Gate Theatre); Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her) (Vault Festival/Pleasance Theatre / Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Messiah (Holm Theatre); Galvanise (Vault Festival) and A Christmas Carol (RABBLE Theatre).
Her voice credits include: At Christmastime (Smallish Stories); The Review (National Film and Television School) and SWAY.
Jo Eaton-Kent trained at Rose Bruford College. Their most notable theatre credits include: Carousel (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse) and Mermaids (King’s Head Theatre).
Jo’s screen work includes The Watch, Don’t Forget the Driver, Lessons (short film written, directed and produced by Jo) and Misnomer.
A Christmas Carol is Zak Ford-Williams’ professional stage debut. Zak has mobility access requirements and is an occasional wheelchair user.
Aoife has recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and will be making her professional debut in this production of A Christmas Carol. Her credits whilst training include: Barbarians, Love & Information and Pod. She is part of the first graduating group from Open Door and previously was a member of the National Youth Theatre & The Brit School.
Christopher’s film credits include: Venom 2; The Dig; Emma; Mary Poppins Returns; The Darkest Day; Scoop; Blackball; The Avengers; A Handful Of Dust.
His theatre credits include: Better Off Dead (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Amadeus (National Theatre); This House (Chichester Festival Theatre/Garrick Theatre) The Woman in Black (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough & Fortune Theatre, London); The Crucible (Old Vic Theatre); Versailles (Donmar Warehouse); Sherlock’s Last Case (Watermill Theatre, Newbury); Candida (Theatre Royal Bath); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The City Madam, Cardenio, The Canterbury Tales, The Taming of The Shrew/The Tamer Tamed, Cymbeline, The Devil is an Ass, The Relapse (Royal Shakespeare Company); Henry IV Part I & II (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Invisible Man, The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe & US Tour); The Price (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme); An Enemy of the People (The Arcola Theatre); We The People (Shakespeare’s Globe); Uncle Vanya (Birmingham Rep); The Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford Playhouse); Musik, Professor Bernhardi (Dumfounded Theatre/Oxford Stage Company); Home (Oxford Stage Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV Part I, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet (Open Air Theatre); Confusions (Metro Entertainment Ltd); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Where’s Charley (NSC Regent’s Park); The Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre); Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, Troilus & Cressida (New Shakespeare Company) and; All Things Considered (Hampstead Theatre).
Christopher’s television credits include: Anatomy of a Scandal; The Miniaturist; Harley and The Davidsons; The Hollow Crown II; A Young Doctor’s Notebook; Doctors; Dark Matters 2; My Family; Land Girls: Forgotten Army; Breaking the Mould; After You’ve Gone; Lead Balloon; Waking the Dead; Crisis Command/The Bunker; Murder in Mind II: Contract; Casualty; Manchild II; Strange; The Bill; The Innocents; Mortimer’s Law; Prince Among Men; My Family and Other Animals.
Edward Harrison’s theatre credits include: Shakespeare in Love (UK Tour, Theatre Royal Bath); Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies (RSC, Wintergarden Theatre, Broadway); Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory, New York); Taming of the Shrew (US Tour); Henry V (Michael Grandage Company, West End); The Rivals (West End/UK Tour); All My Sons (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Constellations (Singapore Rep); Henry IV Part One and Two (Peter Hall Company, Bath Theatre Royal); Skellig, Holes, Time and the Conway’s, Joking Apart (Nottingham Playhouse) Baskerville, Sex and the 3 Day Week (Liverpool Playhouse); Jekyll & Hyde (Storyhouse, Chester); Norman Conquests, Noises Off!, Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Torch Theatre, Milford Haven) Cyrano (Grosvenor Park Chester Season), Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lord Chamberlain’s Men).
His television credits include: Jack Ryan; Starstruck; Doctor Who; Genius: Einstein; Eastenders; Doctors.
His film credits include: The Age of Tony; Brando-ing.
Edward’s audio credits includes: Dorian Grey, Doctor Who Nightshade; Ibsen Collection, Three Musketeers, Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Darkwater Bride, and Sandman.
Sarah Ridgeway’s television credits include: Halo; Black Mirror; Shakespeare And Hathaway; Holby City; The Making of a Lady; Dark Matters; Holby City; Call The Midwife; Kerry & Lu’s Taster; Satisfaction; The Suspicions of Mr Whicher; Crimson Petal and White; Doctors; Miss Marple; The Bill; Eastenders.
Her film credits include: Enola Holmes; I Do; Memorablis; 14.
Theatre credits include: Edmond De Bergerac (Birmingham Rep and UK Tour); FURY (Soho Theatre); The Captive Queen, Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre); Harrogate, Sucker Punch (Royal Court Theatre); Forget Me Not (The Bush Theatre); A Mad World My Masters, Candide, Titus Andronicus, Days Of Significance (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Cherry Orchard (The Young Vic); Twelfth Night (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); The Accrington Pals, You Can’t Take It With You (Royal Exchange); A Taste Of Honey (Salisbury Playhouse); Romeo & Juliet (Northern Broadside).
Sara’s radio credits include: Life Lines and Blue Glory.
Joe Shire studied at UWE (2010). His theatre credits include: Witness for the Prosecution (Eleanor Lloyd), The Tempest (RSC), The Island (Theatre Fio) 49 Donkeys Hanged (Theatre Royal Plymouth), The Soulless Ones (Hammer House of Horror), Wonderman (National Theatre Wales).
Joe’s television and film credits include: Trollied; Face Value; I Am The Prize, Granny of the Dead and; Frail.