NEWS: Robert Lindsay as Scrooge leads stellar Christmas Carol concert

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The London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) is delighted to announce the cast for its much-anticipated Christmas concert: Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ hit Broadway musical, A Christmas Carol, which runs for one night only at the West End’s Lyceum Theatre on 19 December 2016, marking the first time that the fully orchestrated score will be performed in London.

Robert Lindsay is to take the lead role of Scrooge joined by an illustrious supporting cast, that includes musical theatre star Carrie Hope Fletcher (as Emily) performing for the first time alongside her sister-in-law, actress, television personality and vlogger Giovanna Fletcher (Mrs Cratchit). A Christmas Carol also marks Giovanna’s first professional concerts.

In addition, other West End stars so far announced for the cast include: Madalena Alberto (Ghost of Christmas Past), Hugh Maynard (Ghost of Christmas Present), Peter Polycarpou (Mr Fezziwig), Norman Bowman (Jacob Marley) and John Addison (Fred Anderson).

After decade-long success at New York’s Paramount Theatre in Madison Square Garden, A Christmas Carol comes to the London stage in glorious concert format for the very first time backed by the 32-strong London Musical Theatre Orchestra and performed by a star-studded West End cast.

This spectacular musical adaptation of one of Charles Dickens’ most famous stories gets the full Broadway treatment by the Broadway team of Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid), Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) and Mike Ockrent (Crazy For You, Me and My Girl). Called by The New York Times “a tonic for adults, and for children a transfixing journey,” A Christmas Carol is the warm-hearted kick-start to the Christmas week for all the family.

In keeping with the long term aim of the LMTO, the fully orchestrated concert aims to not only make orchestral performances accessible to brand new audiences, but also to bring the exciting repertoire of musical theatre to a more classical audience.

LMTO is the brainchild of Freddie Tapner, Musical Director and Founder of the ensemble. The orchestra is produced and managed by United Theatrical.

NOTE: This concert was originally programmed into the season for the Lyric theatre, but in order to present this concert production to its fullest orchestral capacity a creative decision was taken to move to the larger stage of the Lyceum. Anyone who purchased tickets for the Lyric has been contacted by their point of purchase with details of their re-allocated seats at the Lyceum

Brief bios

Robert Lindsay – BAFTA, Tony and three-time Olivier Award winning actor of stage and screen. Theatre credits include OLIVER! (Palladium Theatre); Cyrano De Bergerac (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Becket Winner of Variety Club Best Theatre Actor, Nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor (Haymarket); Me And My Girl Winner of Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical, Winner of Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Adelphi Theatre). Television credits include SPY Series 1 &2 (Hat Trick/Sky); MY FAMILY 9 Series BAFE Nomination for Best Comedy Performance, 2001 and Citizen Smith (BBC).

John Addison – Henry The Go-Between (Shaftesbury Apollo), The Pilot The Little Prince (Chimera Productions), Fred A Christmas Carol (Blackpool Winter Gardens), Mr Erlanson A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory & Garrick Theatre).

Madalena Alberto – Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds (Dominion); CATS (London Palladium); Eva Peron in Evita (Dominion and UK Tour).

Carrie Hope Fletcher – Carrie will soon be appearing as Wednesday Addams in the much anticipated UK premiere production of The Addams Family Musical (UK Tour) other credits include Eponine in Les Miserables Dubai (Cameron Mackintosh), Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Music and Lyrics)  Eponine in Les Miserables (Cameron Mackintosh);

Giovanna Fletcher Giovanna Fletcher is an author, mother, actress, blogger, YouTuber and wife to Tom Fletcher from McFly and sister in law to Carrie Hope (above). Having gained much praise for her vocal abilities when showcasing them online – this will be Giovanna’s first professional concert.

Hugh Maynard – Title role in Sweeney Todd (Derby and Colchester); John in Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre); Simon Zealotes in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Peter Polycarpou – Thernardier in Les Miserables (Dubai), Sheik Anda in Ross (Chichester Festival Theatre), Scenes From 68 Scenes (Arcola Theatre), Khalid in The Choir (Glasgow Citizens Theatre), Buddy in Follies In Concert (Royal Albert Hall).

Norman Bowman – Norman is currently appearing in London production of Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre alongside Kerry Ellis, Ramin Karimloo and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt. Theatre Credits include Marius in Les Miserables (West End & UK Tour); Frederick in Pirates of Penzance with Paul Nicholas (UK Tour).

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