Theatre: A Christmas Carol, Bridge House Theatre, Penge

A Broadway and West End actress will make history as the first actress in the UK to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Taking place at Bridge House Theatre in Penge, Rachel Izen will take up the famous role over the festive period.

Directed by Artistic Director Guy Retallack and produced by Rob Harris, A Christmas Carol, featuring songs and traditional carols, will run from November 26 until December 22.

Mr Retallack said: “Men have played women’s roles for centuries in Shakespeare, and in 2019 it seems time that someone of Rachel Izen’s talent should bring Ebenezer Scrooge to vivid life.

“At Bridge House we have always believed in casting the strongest performers in our productions and I have known Rachel and her work for many years.

“Rachel is an actor of remarkable depth and experience and we felt she would be outstanding in the iconic role of Scrooge.”

For Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas Eve is the bleakest, darkest and most unwelcome time of the year, probably the worst, apart from the merriment that will inevitably follow the next day.

However this Christmas Eve will be unlike any he has experienced before when Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who will make him confront his past, present and chilling future.

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