Simon Russell Beale, Patsy Ferran and Eben Figueiredo will play all the parts and share the storytelling in a new version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, directed and devised by Nicholas Hytner at London’s Bridge Theatre. The show, which is suitable for all ages and runs 90 minutes without interval, plays from 27 November 2020 to 16 January 2021.
Set designs are by Bunny Christie with costume designs by Rose Revitt who also acts as set design associate. Lighting is by Jon Clark, sound by Gareth Fry, video design by Luke Halls and music by Grant Olding.
Simon Russell Beale was most recently on stage in The Lehman Trilogy at National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. His previous collaborations with Nicholas Hytner include The Alchemist, Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, Collaborators, London Assurance and Timon of Athens, all at the National Theatre. As well as the recipient of multiple theatre awards, in 2003 he was made a CBE and for his services to the Arts and in 2019 he was made a Knight Batchelor.
Patsy Ferran was last on stage in New York at the Booth Theatre playing Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf. Her other theatre credits include Three Sisters and Summer and Smoke for the Almeida Theatre for which she won the Olivier and Critics’ Circle Best Actress awards, My Mum’s a Twat at the Royal Court, Speech and Debate at the Trafalgar Studios, As You Like it and Treasure Island for the National Theatre, The Merchant of Venice for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Angry Brigade for Pains Plough and Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre. Her film credits include God’s Own Country, Tom and Jerry, How to Build a Girl, Darkest Hour, Tulip Fever, Keepsake and The Devil’s Harmony. Her television credits include Jamestown, Will and Guerrilla.
Eben Figueiredo returns to the Bridge having previously played Schram in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Young Marx. His other theatre credits include Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre, Primetime at the Royal Court, Ross for Chichester Festival Theatre, Peter Pan at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Pitcairn for Out of Joint. His film credits include Solo: A Star Wars Story and Daphne and on television his credits include The Attack and Scatooney.
Also as part of the programme planned for November 2020 to January 2021 comedian, writer and director Simon Amstell will perform for ten performances only from 10-21 November (for audiences aged 16-plus).
There will be additional performances of Yolanda Mercy’s Quarter Life Crisis as part of a season of one-person plays. Directed by Jade Lewis and performed by Mercy, shows will now take place from 10-14 November.
The Bridge will also present five performances of Fake News written and performed by Osman Baig and directed by Oliver Stephens from 17-21 November.
A budding young journalist lands a dream internship at the country’s biggest online news organisation. There, he stumbles on an earth-shattering story and – against better judgement – decides to click publish. There’s just one problem: the story is completely untrue.
Fake News, Baig’s first play, premiered at the King’s Head Theatre in 2018 before transferring to venues including Theatre 503, Tara Arts and Waterloo East Theatre, then selling-out at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 with Assembly.
Baig is an actor, journalist and playwright. As an actor his theatre credits include Our Big Love Story for Hope Theatre, Julius Caesar and Coriolanus for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Richard III for the Almeida Theatre and Ulysses Theatre, Croatia and Boy also for the Almeida Theatre. Journalism includes staff roles at CNN, Sky News and Al Jazeera, as well as BBC News and Bloomberg. Baig was formerly a George Viner Scholar at City University, after graduating in Law from the Universities of Manchester and Burgundy. He trained at Drama Studio London.