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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

REVIEW: A Christmas Carol at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

I'll be honest, I had my reservations about A Christmas Carol, which is taking to the stage at Wolverhampton Grand until Saturday 25th November. I questioned more than once why on earth it needed to be a musical, when the Charles Dickens' classic is perfect as a play.

I was proven wrong. The show is being put on by the hugely talented Bilston Operatic Society, who are celebrating 90 years since it's first production. You see, what I didn't expect was that the music brings a whole new lease of life to the classic and it actually really works. For me, stand out songs were by far Place Called Home, Nothing To Do With Me and Mister Fezziwig's Annual Christmas Ball. 

It may still be November, but the production really does bring Christmas to the Grand and with the help of incredible staging, lighting and wonderful costumes, the audience are transported to Victorian London. 

Although it is a musical, the cast have very much stuck to the original storyline which follows Scrooge meet the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Scrooge, played by the brilliant Nicholas Sullivan, is by far the star of the show. With fantastic comedic timing and very believable emotions, I was very impressed by his performance and take on the timeless Scrooge.

Of course, with the help of the ghosts, Scrooge realises what he has become and wakes up on Christmas day a whole new man. It may be a classic story, but it is still wonderfully heartwarming and emotional, seeing as we can all have the occasional Bah Humbug moment. 

The three ghosts all put on a brilliant performance, but Lydia Tidmarsh, who took on the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past, was a particular stand out and her voice was truly beautiful. As was Isobel Checketts, who took on the role of Emily.
The different ghost scenes were incredibly entertaining and some moments were quite scary! Especially when Scrooge's former business partner Marley came out onto the stage. The clever lighting really captured the imagination of the audience.

When the cast all came together for Mister Fezziwig's Annual Christmas Ball, it was then that the audience could really appreciate the talent of the operatic society. It was also the most enjoyable bit for me personally as it was so much fun. 

There's also no denying that the children really made the production what it is, many of which will no doubt be future theatre stars, especially Harry Lewis who took on the role of Tiny Tim.

It may be a play with a twist or two, but A Christmas Carol is a wonderful production and one that is definitely worth the watch. It is on the stage at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre until Saturday November 25th, 2017.

A Christmas Carol: 8/10


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