Cast announced for our festive production 'A Christmas Carol'

Cast announced for our festive production 'A Christmas Carol'

Marc Small is set to take on the role of miserly Scrooge for our festive production, Neil Duffield’s charming adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol'.

Top - bottom, L-R: Ruby Ablett, Richard Colvin, Sue Devaney, Martina Isibor, Robert Jackson, Samuel Martin, Marc Small

Directed by Ben Occhipinti, this adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Bolton’s own Neil Duffield is set to bring festive fun, magic, and music to the Octagon.

Telling this iconic tale will be Ruby Ablett, Richard Colvin, Sue Devaney, Martina Isibor, Robert Jackson, Samuel Martin and Marc Small, and an incredible young company of 12. Playing and singing new arrangements of classics Christmas carols by Rob Hiley, the cast will take audiences on a magical festive adventure.

As the snow settles on the rooftops of a Victorian town, festive joy fills the hearts of every adult and child across the land. Except for miserable, miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge who says “Bah Humbug!” to the festive season…but all of that is about to change. When he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley, Scrooge is taken on a mysterious journey of redemption through Christmases past, present, and future.

In the role of mean spirited Ebeneezer Scrooge is Marc Small. Marc has been in several of the Octagon’s productions, including playing Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird (2016). Marc also performed in 2014’s festive production Robin Hood, Joe Thompson in The Family Way (2015), and Lord Huntingdon in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (2017).

Alongside Marc will be a talented cast of 6 who will be playing multiple parts. Included in that are Richard Colvin as Bob Cratchit and Samuel Martin as Fred. Sue Devaney will be the fabulous Mrs Fezziwig. Ruby Ablett will be taking on one of the spookier roles as The Spirit of Christmas Past. Robert Jackson will be Scrooge’s old business partner, the miserly Jacob Marley. Martina Isibor will be Mrs Cratchit.

The young company will also be playing a number of parts, with some of the young people taking on the roles of characters such as Tiny Tim and Little Fan, and the whole young company will be part of the chorus.

Director Ben Occhipinti says: “Our festive production is always the chance to share timeless classics with people of all ages. From Grandparents right through to young people who might never have been to a theatre before, we hope to welcome in as many people as possible for this iconic, Dickensian tale of redemption. Helping to spread the festive magic and wonder of this story will be our team of talent actor musicians, who will be playing instruments and singing throughout, as well as our amazing young company.”

A Christmas Carol will be playing at the Octagon from Fri 17 November 2017 - Sat 13 January 2018.