Prepare for plentiful vintage festive fun as the Dickens classic is reimagined as a 1940s radio show. But how long can the cast can keep the spiffing scenes and Victorian stereotypes flowing, despite visitations from more ghosts than expected? Spectacular sound effects created live, cut-glass accents, sharp suits and of course a good helping of spookiness combine to create a unique festive entertainment.
The Fitzrovia Radio Hour are an acclaimed troupe whose period charms have worked wonders on venues including Shakespeare’s Globe, Wilton’s Music Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as sell-out West End seasons. Four weeks only!
‘Comically ingenious… deliciously daft.’ ★★★★ The Times
‘Absolutely spiffing. A joy!’ ★★★★ Daily Telegraph
‘Stories as sharply honed as the cut-glass accents in which they are performed.’ ★★★★ Whatsonstage.com
‘A ripping set of yarns… a triumph of visual comedy!’ ★★★★ TimeOut Critics’ Choice
Alix Dunmore (Vanity Fair)
Alix trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes Dorothy in The Fifth Column (Southwark Playhouse); Trizah in Ben Hur (Tricycle Theatre); Annabella/Pamela/Margaret in The 39 Steps (Criterion, West End); Millie/Mrs Haggerty in What The Women Did (Southwark Playhouse); Mrs Manningham in Gaslight (New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme), Miss Janus in London Wall (St James Theatre); Lady Nijo/Win in Top Girls (Out of Joint); Gina in The Dead Guy (English Theatre Frankfurt); Tera in Nature Adores a Vacuum (Soho Theatre); Jean in Separate Tables (Mill at Sonning); Lorna in A Winter of War (Cheltenham Everyman) and Emilia in The Two Noble Kinsmen (Bristol Old Vic). Television includes Casualty, Doctors and Call The Midwife (BBC). Radio includes The Simon Day Show and 49 Cedar Street (BBC) Film includes London Wall (Master Media). Alix is a founder member of the Fitzrovia Radio Hour.
William Findley (Beau Belles)
Theatre: A Flea In Her Ear (Old Vic); Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall (Bristol Old Vic, National Tour) winner of whatsonstage.com 2010 Best Regional Production; Twelfth Night (Oxford Shakespeare Company); The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (St James Theatre) Julius Caesar (Saatchi Gallery); The Importance of Being Earnest (Frinton); A Trip To Scarborough (SJT, Scarborough); Fracture (High Tide Festival); Code of the West (Tabard); Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story (Tour); Bedroom Farce (Sheringham); Look Back In Anger, Stone Cold Murder (Vienna’s English Theatre); The Philadelphia (Kings Head). Television: EastEnders, Silent Witness, Parents of the Band (BBC); A Foot in the Door (Anglia TV). Film: NoMad; Diagnosis Superstar; Backspace; Storm; The Web. Futurity, Signal. William trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Samuel Collings (Ernest Andrew)
Theatre credits includes: Jesus in The Inn at Lydda The Globe, Oberon/ Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Actors From The London Stage, Banquo in Macbeth, Omnibus, Octavius in Antony and Cleopatra, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chester Performs), Cassio in Othello (Chester Performs), Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park (Bury St Edmunds), Lord Darlington in Lady Windemere’s Fan (Royal Exchange), Gaveston in Edward II (Royal Exchange), Young Thief in The Black Diamond (Punchdrunk), Lyngstrand in The Lady From the Sea (Royal Exchange), Antipholus of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors (Royal Exchange), Eric Birling in An Inspector Calls (Dukes Theatre), Phallacy (Hampstead/King’s Head), Good Angel in Doctor Faustus (Liverpool Playhouse), Lock the Gates (Lyric Hammersmith) and Hanging Around (Kneehigh/National Youth Theatre), Joseph in School for Scandal (Greenwich Theatre) and Valdes/Rafe/Beelzebub in Dr Faustas (Greenwich Theatre). Television includes: New Tricks, The Bible, Doctors and Hex (2 seasons). Film includes: Customers Are Reminded, Hero and True Love. Radio includes: Penmarric, War and Peace, I Am David, The Dora Bella Variation and Science at Sea (all BBC).
Michael Lumsden (Stanley De Pfeffel)
Michael studied Modern Languages at Cambridge before training at Webber Douglas. Recent theatre includes: Last Confessions of a Scallywag (Mill at Sonning), Middlemarch, Mary Broome, Mary Goes First, The Years Inbetween (Orange Tree Theatre Richmond), My Brother David (Watford Palace), Star Quality (National Tour), Entertaining Angels (Chichester and tour), 3-1-6 (Haymarket Basingstoke), The Real Thing (National Tour), How The Other Half Loves (National Tour), All Things Considered (Scarborough and Hampstead Theatre). TV includes: Birds of a Feather, Eastenders, Jonathan Creek, My Good Friend (2 series), House of Anubis, The Bill, Casualty, Pig Heart Boy, Holby City, Doctors, Family Affairs, Bernard’s Watch (2 series), London Bridge, Brookside, Grown Ups, Ghostbusters of East Finchley, Crocodile Shoes, Health and Efficiency, The Buddha of Subburbia, Firm Friends 2, Watching, The Piglet Files, Victoria Wood Playhouse, Wish Me Luck, Floodtide and Sherlock Holmes. Michael plays Ambridge vet Alistair Lloyd in The Archers.
Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Gretchen Haggard)
Dorothea trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include: Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe/World Tour), Julia Craven in The Philanderer (The Orange Tree), Thaisa/Dionyza in Pericles (Shakespeare’s Globe), Queen Elizabeth in Richard III (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Sonya in Uncle Vanya (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Carol in This Was A Man (Finborough Theatre), Rosalind in As You Like It, Lady Croom in Arcadia, Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lady Anne in Richard III, Célimene in The Misanthrope, Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Regan in King Lear and Varya in The Cherry Orchard (all for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory). Other Theatre includes The Spire (Salisbury Playhouse), The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival & Tour), Present Laughter (No.1 Tour), Transparency (Ransom Theatre), Freshwater (Charleston Festival – Jonathan Munby), Hay Fever (Manchester Royal Exchange), She Stoops to Conquer (Birmingham Rep & Tour – Jonathan Munby), Restoration (Headlong), Mendelssohn in Scotland (City of London Sinfonia) and The Tamer Tamed (The Globe, William Poel Festival). Television: Holby City (BBC), Jude the Obscure, Dead Man Talking (BBC), Plastic People (Green Dot). Feature Film: The Honourable Rebel – as lead Elizabeth Montagu (MF Productions), The Payback (Future Films). Voice: The Voice of Inga in Fable Legend.
Owen Lewis (Director)
Owen is a freelance theatre and comedy director. Most recently he co-wrote and directed the second series of the Welsh sitcom-with-songs The Harri-Parri Radio Show for BBC Radio Wales (with Series 1 on Radio 4Xtra). Other credits include the Olivier-Nominated Eric And Little Ern (Vaudeville Theatre & National Tour), Joe Stilgoe: Songs On Film (Assembly Checkpoint, UK Tour), Jenny Éclair’s How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane) (UK tour); Ginger Is The New Black (Underbelly, Edinburgh), Suggs: My Life Story (Garrick Theatre & UK Tour – adapted & directed by Owen for Radio 4 as Suggs: My Mad-Life Crisis); The Harri-Parris: The Big Day (Chapter, Cardiff & Welsh Tour; The Only Way is Downton (Trafalgar Studios, UK & US Tour), Grumpy Old Women: Chin Up Britain and Grumpy Old Women: Fifty Shades of Beige (UK Tour & Novello Theatre), This Is Ceilidh (London Wonderground & Assembly Spiegeltent, Edinburgh), two shows with Stewart Lee – Johnson & Boswell: Late But Live and Elizabeth & Raleigh: Late But Live (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh & UK Tour); Hardeep Singh Kohli’s Indian Takeaway (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh & UK Tour); Pete and Dud Come Again (Leicester Square Theatre); and the stage premiere of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (Soho Theatre & Arts Theatre). He has also been a recipient of the RSC Buzz Goodbody Director’s Award.
Performances at The Vaults Theatre, Launcelot Street, London SE1 7AD
Tuesday 6 December – Saturday 31 December 2016
Ticket prices: Early Bird £20 (SOLD OUT) / General Admission £25 / Front Row Cabaret Tables £35.
6-18 Dec: Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm and Saturday/Sunday 4.00pm.
20-31 Dec: Tuesday – Friday 4.00pm & 7.30pm and Saturday 2.00pm.
Running time 80 minutes without interval. Age guidance 10+.