A Christmas Carol comes to Bromley

PUBLISHED: 15:36 10 November 2011

Mark Hayward as Marley and Damian Cooper as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

Mark Hayward as Marley and Damian Cooper as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

Critically acclaimed outdoor theatre company The Pantaloons will make their debut in Bromley with their adaptation of Dickens’s festive favourite A Christmas Carol.

The cast of just four actors will be performing two shows on December 1 at Bromley Civic Centre before taking it to Bexley’s Hall Place on December 17, already a sell-out show.

Greenwich resident and actor Damian Cooper, who plays various characters including Bob Cratchit and ghost Marley, said: “We’ll take you on a tour around Dickensian London giving you the sights, sounds and sometimes smells of a city different to the one we live in now.

“The show’s a mix between a panto and what you’d usually expect to see in a theatre. As well as silly accents and costumes we use audience interaction, puppetry, pop cultural references and some singing which the audience can join in on.

“Audience interaction always goes down well. It’s a chance to get your mum, boyfriend or mate up to do something silly in front of everyone, all in the name of good fun.”

The performance is in partnership with Bromley Council and the Thyme Out scheme which aims to improve the life chances of people with learning disabilities through horticultural training. The project takes place in Bromley Civic Centre grounds.

Pantaloons producer Mark Hayward, who has toured with the company since it started in 2004, added: “Our style is accessible for everyone- from little children who enjoy the bright colours to teenagers and die-hard Dickensian fans who get all the inter-textual jokes.

“Last year’s tour completely sold out so we’re pleased to have the opportunity to take the show on the road again. We are thrilled to be performing in Bromley and Bexley and supporting the Thyme Out scheme.”

A Christmas Carol will be at Bromley Civic Centre in Stockwell Close on December 1 at 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

Tickets for Bromley (adults £4, children £1, family £8) can be booked via The Churchill 08448 717620.

Tickets for Bexley have sold out.

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