Scrooge date makes a magnificent seven

Bill Kenwright production of'SCROOGE'with Tommy Steele'directed by Bob Thomson
Bill Kenwright production of'SCROOGE'with Tommy Steele'directed by Bob Thomson
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A theatre producer has added a seventh stellar production to what promises to be Blackpool’s biggest-ever music season.

Following the announcement earlier this year producer Bill Kenwright will bring Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Blood Brothers, Save The Last Dance For Me, Cabaret and Soul Sister to the Opera House, it has been confirmed Christmas feel-good show Scrooge the Musical will be coming to the world-famous venue.

Dreamboats and Petticoats, another show from Mr Kenwright, will take place at the Grand Theatre.

Scrooge the Musical tells the story of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

The line-up comes just weeks after the former Coronation Street actor spoke to The Gazette about his love for the seaside resort.

The 67-year-old said: “I absolutely love Blackpool. My love of showbiz started here.

“You can’t keep me away. It is and always will be the greatest capital of entertainment in the world.”

The seven shows promise to bring a raft of major stars to the resort, including pop star Will Young in Cabaret, Ian ‘H’ Watkins of Steps fame starring in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Tommy Steele performing as Scrooge.

The addition of Scrooge The Musical to this year’s programme is a further boost for theatre goers on the Fylde coast, following June’s announcement that Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, is in town for a six night production in August and ABBA musical Mamma Mia! comes to the resort for a three month stint in 2014.

The original Scrooge production starred Anthony Newley in the title role and opened in November 1992 at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham.

The cast included Stratford Johns, Tom Watt, Jon Pertwee and Jerome Wallington.

The 2005 West End production at the London Palladium starred Tommy Steele in the title role.

The musical was revived at London Palladium in October 2012 with Steele reprising the role.

It ran till January 2013.

Dates for your diary

Save the Last Dance For Me – Monday, July 15 to Saturday, July 20.

Soul Sister – Monday, July 29 to Saturday, August 3.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – Monday, August 5 to Saturday 10.

Dreamcoats and Petticoats – Monday, September 23 to 28.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Tuesday, October 1 to 5.

Cabaret – Monday, October 14 to Saturday, October 19.

Blood Brothers – Monday, October 21 to Saturday, October 26.

Scrooge the Musical - December 16 to 21.

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