One from the past

IT WOULDN’T be Christmas without a bit of Scrooge’s bah humbug and miserliness, so it’s a good job Clive Francis is on hand to present his
one-man version of A Christmas Carol.

He re-enacts Charles Dickens’ classic novella by playing every notable character from the story, from the spectral Jacob Marley to the warm and loving Bob Cratchit and his son Tiny Tim, plus of course the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come.

‘PERFECT SCRIPT’ – that is the verdict of Clive Francis as he prepares for his one-man show

‘PERFECT SCRIPT’ – that is the verdict of Clive Francis as he prepares for his one-man show

Clive, a Royal Shakespeare Company performer, says: “In nearly 50 years as an actor I would say that A Christmas Carol contains the perfect script – full of emotion and rich with characterisation. It’s an absolute joy to perform.

“I first encountered Ebenezer Scrooge 18 years ago when I was invited to play him for the RSC in a huge, lavish production adapted by John Mortimer.

“Once played, never forgotten and it was hard to get the old boy out of my head, hence why I decided to adapt the story into a show for myself.

“For an actor to be able to run through the gamut of such extremes during the course of an evening was a gift too fantastic for words. Dickens’ extraordinary story of re-kindling the human spirit and infusing it with a better and more deserving understanding of its fellow human being, is more apt today than it has ever been before.”

CLIVE’S one-man version of A Christmas Carol will be at the Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Monday (December 22) until Saturday, December 27 (there are no performances on Christmas Day).

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