Wilton’s Music Hall is to stage a new version of A Christmas Carol this year with a female Scrooge.
Written by Piers Torday, directed by Stephanie Street and designed by Tom Piper, the reimagined production will feature a female central character, written as the sister of Charles Dickens’ original character Ebenezer Scrooge.
The show, retitled Christmas Carol – A Fairy Tale, runs at the east London music hall from November 29 to January 4.
Casting has not yet been announced.
It is part of Wilton’s Music Hall’s autumn season, which also includes Daniel Clarkson’s farce comedy The Crown Dual, which is a parody of Netflix’s The Crown. It plays Wilton’s in September following runs at the King’s Head Theatre and in Edinburgh, as does Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, which also transfers to London from Edinburgh.
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory returns to Wilton’s in November, as does theatre company STF, which will stage Much Ado About Nothing directed by Elizabeth Freestone.
John Godber’s This Is Not Right will have its London premiere in October, while other productions include Lost Dog’s Juliet and Romeo and The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps, a production for young audiences written and performed by Murray Lachlan Young and Arun Ghosh. They run in November and October respectively.
The season is announced alongside a new fundraising campaign aimed at improving the acoustics for theatre and spoken word at the Victorian music hall.
The campaign is being fronted by David Suchet, and hopes to raise £750,000 for improvements to the acoustics and audience seating.