"Seasonal, poignant and great fun."
by Janet Locke on 03/01/11

For a fraction of the price of a ticket for a West End show, or theatre performance, you can go to the Giant Olive's production of A Christmas Carol now showing at The Lion and Unicorn in Kentish Town and enjoy an evening of fun and real entertainment. This traditional story, adapted by Piers Beckley, has been given a delightful twist while retaining all the elements of Dickens' seasonal tearjerker.

Peter Gerald gives a masterly performance as a mean, bewildered and finally softened Ebeneezer Scrooge and he is backed up by a young, multi-talented cast who all give excellent performances whether dancing, singing, playing musical instruments or just acting.

Organising and directing a cast as large as this is no mean feat but under the clever direction of Ray Shell the pace is fast and this allows the comedy to show through. Becky Pennick as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Nicola Hollinshead in the dual roles of Mrs Cratchit and the charwoman are both excellent, while Ross Ericson gives a solid performance as Bob Cratchit and the clergyman.

The flamboyant costumes add a pantomime touch and this large cast has been well-choreographed by Donna King. The dancing scenes are a delight helped along by good lighting effects and original music.

It is always wonderful to see enthusiastic, talented young people working together in an ensemble company having and giving fun so if you fancy a treat this Festive Season and want some fun yourself, go and see this production.

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