Jim Broadbent to play Scrooge, but will it be a double act?

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If a seasonal theatre trip is one of your Christmas traditions, you’ll be thrilled to hear that the rumours are true, movie star and national treasure Jim Broadbent is to star as Scrooge in a new production of A Christmas Carol.

Intriguingly it’s to be adapted by his former comedy partner, Patrick Barlow.

Before Broadbent shot into the big time the two formed a very popular double act, The National Theatre of Brent. Barlow played a pompous director and Broadbent an inept actor and together they would absurdly act out all the parts in popular stories. Including A Christmas Carol. I wonder if this version will be a rehash of their old script, sometimes revived by cash strapped American theatres, or whether Barlow will expand things to include a bigger cast.

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