A CHRISTMAS CAROL
SPYMONKEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL enjoyed record-breaking sell-out success at Liverpool Playhouse during its run in the winter of 2018-19. We are currently planning the future life of this show. Please contact us for more details.
A Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Spymonkey production
SPYMONKEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Directed by Ed Gaughan
Performed by Aitor Basauri, Petra Massey, Toby Park & Sophie Russell
Live music by Ross Hughes, Marcus Penrose & David Insua-Cao
Designed by Alice Power
Created by Ed Gaughan, Spymonkey, Matthew Crosby, Sophie Russell & Alice Power (after Charles Dickens)
Lighting Design by Colin Grenfell
Sound Design by Laura Selby for Brains & Hunch
Assistant Director Georgia Murphy
The perfect Christmas show for lovers of laughter, music and Charles Dickens’s greatest story, brought to life in splendidly festive fashion by those artists of comedic invention and madcap delight, Spymonkey.
Toby Park, Petra Massey, Aitor Basauri and Sophie Russell, alongside director Ed Gaughan, and a musical line-up including Ross Hughes and Marcus Penrose, will reprise the creative team behind the sell-out success of Mrs Hudson's Christmas Corker at Wiltons Music Hall London in 2014.
Don your best Victorian bib-and-tucker and hold on to your stovepipe hat, as you're whisked through Victorian London and beyond, led by the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future on a flight of theatrical fancy. ‘Not that far back, you irrepressible comedy loons!’ Mr Dickens would surely protest. ‘I’m pretty sure the Nativity story did NOT make an appearance in my Christmas Carol!’.
‘No matter!’ Scrooge will say, dancing a jig through the frozen streets, dressed only in his nightshirt, as he finally understands what Christmas is all about. And so, good friends, will we - with a tear in our eye, clutching our loved ones close about us and counting our many, many blessings!
Don't miss this riotously good-natured musical comedy treat, bless my jiggit!
“Prepare for a treat. This inventively unhinged take on the seasonal favourite is a bonkers delight... Emotionally true to the spirit of the redemptive tale, yet its zany approach is so original and refreshingly free from sugary sentiment that it makes an invigorating tonic for festive fatigue.
Ed Gaughan’s swaggering production is, beneath the lunacy, impeccably skilled, with an adroit four-strong cast and a drum-tight band. Just when you’re almost crying with laughter, it sneaks in a moment so lovely or melancholy that suddenly you’re tearing up all over again.”
“For festive cheer drenched in irreverence, with all the best bits of Dickens, panto and Christmas pop culture, you can’t do better than this.”
“A Dickensian Rhapsody of silliness and swanky moves”
“Inventive, sharp silliness”
“Spymonkey’s uniquely hilarious twist on a classic is five star festive fun.”
The Lowdown Magazine
“A magical touch...
Hugely enjoyable musical numbers.”
Studio photography by John Hunter for Ruler
Graphic and poster design by Toby Park
Illustrations by Chris Riddell
Costumes & Art Direction by Lucy Bradridge
Make-up by Sharon Wilmore
Costume Assistant Flora Moyes
Production Manager Andrew McCabe
Rehearsal Photographs Brian Roberts & Maja Park-Roesel
Production Photographs Johan Persson
27 - 40
PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHAN PERSSON
16 - 16
7 - 29
CHRISTMAS CAROL IN REHEARSAL
REHEARSAL PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRIAN ROBERTS & MAJA PARK-ROESEL
STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN HUNTER FOR RULER