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Acclaimed Actor to Stage Dickens’ Classic for Charity

Acclaimed Actor Dominic Gerrard, whose credits include appearances at the Royal Shakespeare Company and London’s West End, heads to Harrogate with his five-star one-man show of A Christmas Carol.

Acclaimed Actor Dominic Gerrard

Dominic Gerrard has over a decades’ experience performing Charles Dickens’ work and is the host of the podcast, Charles Dickens: A Brain on Fire, with aficionados including Stephen Fry, Rosie Holt, and Miriam Margolyes.

The performance is extra special as it takes place on the day of the 180th anniversary of the publication of Dickens’ ‘’ghostly little book”- one of the world’s most seminal books, which was published on 19th December of 1843.

The classic tale has been made into numerous films and TV adaptations, translated into sixty languages, as well as inspiring Frank Capra’s, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Dominic Gerrard said: “Everyone from the Muppets to Tom Hardy has adapted the enduring story of Scrooge. Experiencing this tale at Christmas is an absolute must. The beloved tale has touched the hearts of audiences for generations as it celebrates kindness and the true spirit of Christmas.”

Acclaimed Actor Dominic Gerrard

Dominic’s one-man show has received five-star reviews from The Stage, The New European, and the Daily Mail. It’s directed by Tim Carroll, a Tony Award winner who has directed on Broadway and at the Globe.

Praising Gerrard’s performance, the actor Miriam Margolyes said: “What a gorgeous Carol … Don’t miss this brilliant young actor. He is just superb.”

The Independent on Sunday declared Dominic’s performance as: “A worthy rival to Simon Callow's one-man Carol ...”

A magical retelling of the classic story, Dominic promises to transport audiences through Scrooge’s life as he journeys out, one bleak Christmas night, with the ghosts that have been sent to reclaim him. The performance, accompanied by a Christmas soundscape recorded by violinist Alexis Bennett, is at turns haunting, moving, and joyful.

The show will take place at Harrogate’s Wesley Centre. The organisers of the event, Cause UK, is asking for donations to the Harrogate Homeless Project.

A donation can be made at the point of buying tickets and collecting buckets will be available on the day.

Clair Challenor-Chadwick, MD of Cause UK, and Trustee of the Harrogate Homeless Project, said: “By attending this performance, audience members will not only witness a remarkable theatrical experience but also contribute to a worthy cause, helping to improve the lives of the homeless at Christmas.”

She added: “Dominic brings his exceptional stage presence to breathe new life into this iconic story, portraying the unforgettable characters that have become synonymous with Christmas. We can’t wait to welcome him to Harrogate.”

The Wesley Centre, is a Grade II listed building with an enchanting ambiance and provides the perfect backdrop for this magical production. The venue's warm and welcoming atmosphere will transport the audience into the heart of Victorian England, where the story unfolds.

Francis McAllister, CEO of the Harrogate Homeless Project, said: “This performance of A Christmas Carol promises to be a truly special event, reminding us of the importance of compassion and generosity during Christmas and to help the Harrogate Homeless and vulnerable people who are less fortunate than ourselves.”

Tickets available: 2pm matinee and 7.30pm evening performance on 19 December, 2023: A Christmas Carol Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

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