Paul brings the spirit of Christmas yet to come

Paul Nicholas will be starring in A Christmas Carol at the Opera House
Paul Nicholas will be starring in A Christmas Carol at the Opera House
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If you’re of a delicate disposition, cover your eyes – we’re about to use the ‘C’ word.

Yes, it’s June and, yes, Christmas is still six months off.

But with a sprinkling of Broadway magic heading to Blackpool, there’s hope Paul Nicholas can be forgiven for his festive season excitement.

The star of stage and screen will be back in the resort in December, starring as Scrooge in a new staging of A Christmas Carol.

The glittering musical, with songs by Alan Menken – the composer best known for Disney hit scores including The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin, as well as Little Shop of Horrors – will run at Blackpool Opera House from December 4 into the New Year.

“It’s lovely to be in Blackpool,” Paul said, during a recent visit as part of a touring production at the Grand Theatre.

“I was at the Winter Gardens in the 80s doing Barnum, but they have refurbished it beautifully – it looks fantastic.

“It’s a great thrill to be coming back for Christmas.

“The show we are going to deliver is terrific. It ran in Madison Square Garden for 10 years, so it’s a quality show.

“For children, it’s an alternative to panto and it will be enjoyable for adults too.

“It’s a classic story from Charles Dickens and informs a little bit on the times and the period, with a little bit of education – and a lot of ghosts, which kids love.

“The stuff I’ve seen, it’s very atmospheric.

“It’s not in any way heavy, it’s not a dark representation of the period – it’s a colourful version, beautifully told.”

And A Christmas Carol’s not his only involvement in Blackpool’s stage scene this year, as he’ll be in town in the autumn, as director of The Who’s cult rock opera Tommy.

The show opens a new UK tour at the Opera House on September 11, starring Joe McElderry – whose solo show stops off at the Grand Theatre on Sunday – in the title role.

Paul played one of Tommy’s many bad guys in the original film version, and is now back working on the story.

“I did the movie and now I’m directing it. It’s of my generation,” he said. “Getting Joe on board is brilliant. He can sing it and he is the right age. He is a very good singer.”

So for a preview of what Joe can do, get to the Grand on Sunday – call (01253) 290190 – or book tickets for Tommy and A Christmas Carol on 0844 856 1111.