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Scrooge the Musical Reviews
17th - 21st November 2009
Gala Theatre, Durham

Northern Echo 19th November 2009

ANYONE wanting to feel a little more Christmassy amid the November gloom would be well advised to spend an evening in front of the latest offering from Durham Musical Theatre Company.

There are songs, parties, wine and presents throughout an elaborate and colourful production of the Leslie Bricusse adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – with, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge being the only Londoner not included.

But there are more than sentimental reasons for taking in the show. There are a number of impressive performances, including Olly Burton’s eccentric Mr Fezziwig, Scrooge’s old employer, and Rebecca Turner’s Isabel, his abandoned, broken-hearted fiancee. The undoubted star is Anthony Smith, pictured above, in the title role. His Scrooge is more comedic and more human than most.

As we watched again his bleak Christmases past, I even found myself feeling sorry for him. With a horrid childhood and bad luck in love, could not any of us have ended up as old Ebenezer?

Audiences will find themselves tapping their feet and singing along to favourite tunes such as December the Twenty-Fifth and Thank You Very Much.

It is a credit to the company’s record and reputation that tickets for the seven-show run have already sold out. Anyone with entry can expect to hear all the bestknown Dickens lines, see some truly talented people at work and come away wishing for snow.

by Mark Tallentire

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