Following their critically acclaimed production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella in 2022, Hope Mill Theatre co-founders Joseph Houston and William Whelton will reunite to co-direct a new version of A Christmas Carol at The Lowry, Salford for the 2024/25 festive season.
As part of Hope Mill Theatre’s future development the venue is expanding their operations to produce its award-winning musicals on a larger scale in other venues and A Christmas Carol will run in The Lowry’s Quays Theatre from Friday 6 December 2024 to Saturday 4 January 2025.
Based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella of the same name, A Christmas Carol has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens. It was a New York festive staple from 1994 to 2003 where it was presented annually at The Theater At Madison Square Garden and in 2004 it was adapted for television by Hallmark Entertainment for NBC starring Kelsey Grammer as Ebeneezer Scrooge.
Scrooge believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!”, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve which leads Scrooge on a journey through the Past, Present and Future.
The classic Dickens story comes to life with true Broadway spectacle in this musical version brought to you by Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty And The Beast; The Little Mermaid; Little Shop Of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime; Seussical; Once On This Island), and breathes fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.
William Whelton said: “We are thrilled to be bringing A Christmas Carol to The Lowry. While we will continue to produce work at our wonderful home venue, it has become increasingly challenging for us to stage ambitious, large-scale musicals at Hope Mill so we have been exploring new ways to work in the future – which includes staging our work at other theatres.
“We are so excited to be producing A Christmas Carol at The Lowry – a wonderful organisation we have long admired that has a thriving, supportive audience. We look forward to our loyal audiences – and new ones – seeing this work in Salford next Christmas.”
Ticket information and casting will be announced soon.