Cast announced for Octagon’s broadcast reading of A Christmas Carol

Cast announced for Octagon’s broadcast reading of A Christmas Carol

Get in the festive spirit with our online broadcast of Charles Dickens' classic novel.

The Octagon will be bringing plenty of Christmas spirit to the homes of Bolton residents and beyond this month, with our festive broadcast reading of Charles Dickens’ classic novel A Christmas Carol.

On Sunday 20 December viewers can get transported back to Victorian London when one of the best loved Christmas stories is brought magically to life with the help of 8 talented local actors.

The cast includes: Susan Hilton (Coronation Street, ITV, Brassic, Sky); John Afzal (East is East, Octagon Theatre, Dystopia 987 featuring Skepta, Manchester International Festival 2019); Brianna Douglas (Hamlet, Hope Mill Theatre, Pure, Her Productions); Neil Ashton (It’s a Sin, Channel 4, Brassic, Sky); Colin Meredith (Tonge Moor Tanzi, Octagon Theatre); Purvi Parmar (The Beatboxer, BBC Radio 4, Threads, ADP performed at Hope Mill Theatre); Natalie Amber (The House of Bernada Alba, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Silent Witness, BBC One); and Sam Black (Cyrano De Bergerac, Playhouse Theatre London).

The entire story will be read aloud by this wonderful team of actors and filmed and broadcast from various locations inside the new theatre – giving audiences the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the brand new Octagon ahead of our opening in early 2021.

The Octagon’s Artistic Director, Lotte Wakeham commented: “I’m delighted to be working with this fantastic cast of talented actors, all of whom are based locally to the Octagon. We got to know them through our “general audition” process for locally based actors, so this reading of A Christmas Carol is a real celebration of the wonderful professional acting talent we have on our doorstep here in Bolton and nearby.  I’m confident that audiences are in for a real treat when they tune in to hear this cast narrate the full version of Charles Dickens’ classic festive tale”.

A Christmas Carol is the classic tale of old miser Ebenezer Scooge who is visited on Christmas Eve by three spirits and taken on a mystical journey through yuletides past, present and future.

This free event will premiere on our Facebook page and YouTube channel on Sunday 20 December at 2pm. The reading will then be available to view online over the festive period.

The broadcast reading of A Christmas Carol forms part of our exciting programme of on-line festive events.

Find the full festive on-line programme here