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Full Cast Announced For Mark Gatiss’ Adaptation Of The Charles Dickens Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL Directed by Adam Penford

30 September 2021

Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Eilene Davidson Productions present the Nottingham Playhouse production of… 

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Adam Penford 







Producer Eleanor Lloyd and Nottingham Playhouse have today announced full casting for Mark Gatiss’ brand-new adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol directed by Adam Penford. Originally scheduled to open in 2020 the production will premiere at Nottingham Playhouse on 29 October, ahead of its London premiere at Alexandra Palace on 26 November.  

Olivier award-winner Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, 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; James Backway (Holes, The Taming of the Shrew, War Horse) as Fred; Angelina Chudi (Dear Elizabeth, Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her)) as Caroline; Jo Eaton-Kent (The Watch, Don’t Forget the Driver, Carousel) as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Zak Ford-Williams as Tiny Tim; Aoife Gaston (Barbarians, Love & Information) as Belle; Christopher Godwin (Amadeus, This House, The Dig) as the Narrator; Edward Harrison (Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies, Holes, Skellig) as Bob Cratchit; Sarah Ridgeway (HALO, Fury, The Captive Queen) as Mrs Cratchit and; Joe Shire (Witness for the Prosecution, The Island) as Ghost of Christmas Present. 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 (Nicholas Farrell) has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley (Mark Gatiss). 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…

A Christmas Carol is the latest collaboration between Gatiss and Penford following Nottingham Playhouse’s award-winning production of The Madness of George III in 2018. The production is designed by Paul Wills, lighting design by Philip Gladwell, sound design by Ella Wahlström, video design by Nina Dunn, movement direction by Georgina Lamb, composition by Tingying Dong, Sam Stevenson is the casting director, Matthew Forbes is the puppet director, Tom Atwood is the music director and Jasmine Teo is the associate director.  



A Christmas Carol will open first at Nottingham Playhouse directed by its Artistic Director Adam Penford. Nottingham Playhouse is dedicated to making bold and thrilling world-class theatre in the heart of Nottingham and was named Regional Theatre of the Year in The Stage Awards 2019.

Over Christmas the production will transfer to Alexandra Palace. Originally built in 1875, the Alexandra Palace Theatre has been reawakened and its Victorian features have been restored, making it the perfect backdrop to experience this landmark production.

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Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Eilene Davidson Productions present the Nottingham Playhouse production of


A Ghost Story

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Mark Gatiss

Directed by Adam Penford
Lighting Design by Philip Gladwell

Sound Design by Ella Wahlström

Video Design by Nina Dunn

Movement Direction by Georgina Lamb

Composition by Tingying Dong

Casting by Sam Stevenson CDG

Puppet Direction by Matthew Forbes

Music Direction by Tom Attwood

Associate Direction by Jasmine Teo

Nottingham Playhouse
Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF

First performance: Fri 29 Oct 2021

Final performance: Sat 29 Nov 2021
Press performance: Tues 2 Nov 2021, 7pm

Box office:
0115 941 9419
Recommended age 12+
Prices from £45 - £8.50

Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

First performance: November 26 2021
Final performance: January 9 2022
Opening Night: December 2 2021 at 7pm

Box office:

0871 220 0260 (Calls cost 7p per minute)
Recommended age 12+
Prices from £15 + Booking Fees

Mark Gatiss    
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. 

Nicholas Farrell
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

James Backway
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
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
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.

Zak Ford-Williams
A Christmas Carol is Zak Ford-Williams’ professional stage debut. Zak has mobility access requirements and is an occasional wheelchair user.

Christopher Godwin
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

Aoife Gaston
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.

Edward Harrison
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
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, CandideTitus 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
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.

Adam Penford     
Adam Penford has been Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse since 2017.

The venue won Regional Theatre of the Year 2019 in The Stage Awards, with the judges saying:

“The resurgence of Nottingham Playhouse under artistic director Adam Penford is a reason to rejoice.” 

Trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).

For Nottingham Playhouse: Piaf, An Enemy of the People, Coram Boy, The Madness of George III and Wonderland.

For the National Theatre: A Small Family Business (Olivier), Dorfman Opening Gala (Dorfman), Is There Wi-Fi in Heaven (The Shed), Island (Cottesloe). Revival Director on One Man Two Guvnors (West End, Broadway, UK and International Tour). Associate Director on NT 50 Years on Stage. Staff Director on Season’s Greetings.

Other directing credits: Holes(UK Tour), Committee(Donmar Warehouse), The Boys in the Band (Vaudeville and Park Theatre), Platinum(Hampstead Theatre), Unfaithful(Found111), Watership Down (Watermill Theatre), Deathtrap (Salisbury Playhouse and UK Tour), Ghost the Musical (ETF), Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse), The Machine Gunners and Run! (Polka Theatre), The Hostage (Southwark Playhouse) and Young Woodley, Tea and Sympathy (Finborough Theatre).

Assistant/Associate director credits: Kevin Spacey Gala (Old Vic), The Winter’s Tale (Propeller at the Watermill), The Vagina Monologues (National Tour), 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (Bush), Imagine This (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Dying For It (Almeida) and Charley’s Aunt (Oxford Playhouse).

Eleanor Lloyd Productions     
Eleanor Lloyd Productions is a London based theatre production company. 

Current productions include site-specific Witness for the Prosecution which is in its fourth  year of performances at London County Hall. Other recent productions include Constellations by Nick Payne at the Vaudeville, Emilia by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm which transferred from Shakespeare’s Globe to the VaudevilleUK tours of Dusty, a new musical about Dusty Springfield by Jonathan Harvey, and Shakespeare in Love, the West End transfers of Nell Gwynn, My Night with Reg and Handbagged, and three West End seasons and a Broadway season of 1984 by Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke.

Eleanor is the President of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and sits on the Boards of Stage One, Theatre 503 and Oxford Playhouse.

Eilene Davidson 
Eilene is an international theatre producer working in the USA, UK and Europe.

Eilene is currently co-producing Anything Goes at Barbican Theatre, Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre and will produce Plaza Suite at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway in Spring 2022. 

Recent productions include The Money (London County Hall), Emilia (Vaudeville Theatre) and Dusty (UK tour), all with with Eleanor Lloyd Productions, A War Paint (Broadway) Late Company (Trafalgar Studios), The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios), Monogamy (UK tour and Park Theatre), Consent (Harold Pinter Theatre), Misty (Trafalgar Studios), Admissions (Trafalgar Studios), 9-5 (Savoy Theatre), The Starry Messenger (Wyndham's Theatre), On Your Feet (London Coliseum and UK tour), Betrayal (Harold Pinter Theatre and Broadway) and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Trafalgar Studios).

In 2016 Eilene set up Stage Traffic to exclusively showcase new writing in the UK and USA.  Recently acclaimed productions include This Little Life of Mine (Park Theatre), A Guide for the Homesick (Huntington theatre Boston USA) and Paper Dolls (Mosaic Theatre, Washington DC) Late Company and The Girl who Fell (Trafalgar Studios).

Eilene formerly worked as an actress, writer and dramaturg in Europe and the USA. She is on the board of the Huntington Theatre in Boston USA and serves on BAFTA’s President’s Circle.

About Nottingham Playhouse
Nottingham Playhouse is dedicated to making bold and thrilling theatre in the heart of Nottingham and was named Regional Theatre of the Year in The Stage Awards 2019. In 2021, both Chief Executive Stephanie Sirr and Artistic Director Adam Penford featured in The Stage’s 100 – as did Associate Artist James Graham. 

2020 to 2021 was Nottingham Playhouse’s most challenging time in its history. The theatre is a central part of cultural life in Nottingham and, despite the pandemic closing its doors, it proved its ability to adapt and thrive by creating new work and moving to digital platforms where in person audiences have not been possible. 

In 2020 its award-winning production of The Madness of George III was made available online through NT at Home and it produced its first piece of new digital theatre – an interactive Zoom play for children called Noah and the Peacock. Most recently, nearly 29,000 people, including children from 69 schools, watched its online pantomime Cinderella. It has continued its commitment to hiring local freelancers who have been hard-hit by the current crisis, through efforts to produce new work, highlighted in its Unlocked festival in autumn 2020, including the world premiere of Bubble by associate artist James Graham. This commitment continued through Spring Loaded in 2021, which included the highly-regarded new digital theatre project Still Life.

This summer, the theatre reopened its doors with an acclaimed production of Pam Gems’ Piaf starring Jenna Russell in the title role. As well as A Christmas Carol, the first full season since the pandemic began includes the legendary Nottingham Playhouse pantomime, which this year will be Beauty and The Beast.  2022 will feature the much-anticipated productions of Private Peaceful, Red Ellen and First Touch which are due to take place after being postponed due to the pandemic. 

Nottingham Playhouse believes that theatre should be accessible to everyone, even with its doors closed. Its Encore sessions created 2,240 engagements with over 50s in the past year and the Playhouse has continued to reach out to Nottingham’s communities, including those who are at risk of being isolated or marginalised. Its Amplify programme – which seeks to inspire and support theatre-makers from the East Midlands – has also continued running with one-to-one sessions, panel discussions, open call outs and podcasts. 

Nottingham Playhouse Trust Ltd relies on ticket sales for 70% of its income, and continues to fundraise through its Curtain Up appeal. It is a registered charity (no. 1109342).

About Alexandra Park and Palace        
Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust is the body responsible for maintaining and repairing the charitable assets of Alexandra Park and Palace as a place of public resort and recreation, forever, by Act of Parliament. The Charity aims to restore the iconic assets to create a successful and sustainable asset for all.

Today Alexandra Palace is surrounded by 196 acres of Grade II listed parkland and offers unprecedented views of the city. The multi-award-winning destination maintains its original enterprising spirit by hosting an eclectic mix of live music, sport, cultural and leisure events throughout the year.

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