Fans of Rhys Ifans will be pleased to hear that he is to star in Scrooge, this coming Xmas season, at The Old Vic in a new adaptation of the Charles Dickens favourite. Rhys Ifans is well-known for his many popular movie roles, and is a BAFTA award winner, who last appeared at The Old Vic alongside Glenda Jackson in a production of King Lear.
Ebenezer Scrooge is one of Charles Dickens’ most iconic characters and the central character in the story that had seen so many and varied adaptations; this one is to be undertaken by Jack Thorne – the Olivier Award-winning playwright of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The Old Vic’s Artistic Director Matthew Warchus will direct, with previews beginning on 18 November 2017, before an official opening on 29 November, and a limited run through to 20 January 2018.
“On a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself. Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late?”
* The new production is recommended for anyone aged 11 or above.
Rhys Ifans‘ other London stage credits include the National Theatre productions of Protest Song, Volpone and Under Milk Wood, the Donmar Warehouse productions of Don Juan in Soho, Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Bad Finger, as well as Beautiful Thing at Duke of York Theatre and Thyestes at the Royal Court. Film fans will recognise him from his roles in “Notting Hill” (for which he earned a BAFTA nomination in 2000), “Snowdon,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “The Boat that Rocked,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” and “Hannibal Rising,” among many others. On television, he won a BAFTA in 2005 for his work on “Not Only But Always.”
Tickets will go on general sale on 11 August 2017.