Five time Tony Award winner and West End sensation, A Christmas Carol, will have its Australian premiere in Melbourne later this year. Written by Jack Thorn (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and directed by Matthew Warchus (Matilda the Musical), this interpretation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be a must-see. This production stars David Wenham as Scrooge, and will hit the Comedy Theatre this November. It will continue to play throughout the festive season until Christmas Eve. Tickets will go on sale on Friday September 16.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol features moving storytelling, sensational staging and twelve Christmas carols, including Joy to the World and Silent Night. This classic story follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a selfish and greedy old man that detests Christmas. After uncanny visits from Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, Scrooge is changed into a better man.
This adaptation premiered at London’s The Old Vic in 2017, and has since become a Christmas staple. It opened on Broadway in 2019, and won five Tony Awards, including Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre.
Past productions have featured notable actors in the role of Scrooge, including Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) and Stephen Mangan (The Split). In Melbourne, David Wenham will take on the role, in a rare opportunity to see him live on stage. Wenham is most known for his performance as Faramir in The Lord of the Rings, but has also performed in BAFTA-winning film Lion and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.
“This production is as compelling as it is surprising,” said Wenham. “I’m counting the days to get back on the stage in the role of Scrooge. It’s a story of hope, redemption and community. I guarantee the audience will leave the theatre feeling better about themselves and the world at the end of the show.”
The full Australian cast will be announced in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday September 16.