Jim Broadbent in A Christmas Carol at the Noel Coward Theatre
Acclaimed Actor Appears in Patrick Barlow’s Adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ Classic in the West End
Audiences hoping for a classic seasonal story this year will be right at home with A Christmas Carol as Charles Dickens’ iconic tale of redemption is staged at the Noel Coward Theatre, where Jim Broadbent will bring the character of Ebenezer Scrooge to life.
Over the years many well known actors have taken on the role, from Jim Carrey to Michael Caine on the big screen, plus Patrick Stewart on a previous occasion at the Noel Coward Theatre. So there is a precedent for well known performers taking on the part and Jim Broadbent will be right at home.
The story, of course, focuses on Scrooge, who hates Christmas and demonstrates this by forcing his employees to work on Christmas day and muttering his immortal phrase ‘bah humbug’. As a result, it is up to the spirit world to make him see the light and on the night before the big day he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas’s past, present and future. As they force him to look at his life in a new way, there could yet be chance for Scrooge to change his ways.
With iconic characters like Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley and Bob Cratchit, it is a story that is a part of popular culture around the world and continues to attract fans whenever it is retold.
Jim Broadbent needs little introduction. The acclaimed actor is a staple of British cinema and his numerous awards and nominations are a testament to this. His credits include Hot Fuzz, Iris, the Harry Potter series, The Iron Lady and Indiana Jones And The Crystal Skull, to name but a few. For the stage he has appeared on stages like the National Theatre and the Royal Court, amongst others.
This production is directed by Phelim McDermott and joins a host of seasonal shows in the West End like Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre and The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre, to name but a few.