11th Dec, 2019

Screen stars on stage at the Palace as festive Dickens comes to Redditch

Ross Crawford 15th Nov, 2019

THERE’S a real treat in store for theatregoers at the Palace this month with two blue chip stars of the screen taking the lead in ‘A Dickensian Christmas’.

Devised by Christine Croshaw it stars Sue Jameson, perhaps best known as Esther Lane in the BBC crime drama New Tricks, and Robert Powell who took the lead role in the hit film Jesus of Nazareth.

Star Quality: Sue Jameson.

The traditional Christmas we know today owes a lot to Charles Dickens and this seasonal offering reveals Dickens the celebrity, the social reformer, the actor, the entrepreneur, and, above all, Dickens the supreme entertainer.

The show celebrates his life and times through his writings and scenes from his best-loved novels, with a seasonal twist, tasting the varied delights of winter ice-skating, Pickwick’s Christmas Party, the magic of the newly-introduced Christmas tree, festive feasting and philanthropy, and goodwill to all men!

Not forgetting, of course, that perennial favourite, A Christmas Carol, and all interwoven with seasonal merriment and music.

Although a writer from the Victorian era, Dickens’s work transcends his time, language and culture.

He remains a massive contemporary influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia and his life and times are brought to life in the hands of Sue Jameson and Robert Powell.

Accompanied by Clive Conway on flute and Christine Crowshaw on piano it promises to be a real seasonal treat.

The production, in the main theatre, is on Sunday, November 24 at 7pm and tickets are £25 from the box office in person or on 01527 65203 or buy online at www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk

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