Chesil Theatre in Winchester will hold open auditions for a new version of A Christmas Carol, on Sunday and Monday September 3-4.

The play, based on Charles Dickens's tale, has been adapted by Patrick Barlow, who’s well known for his comedic treatment of The 39 Steps and Ben Hur.

It’s therefore safe to assume that audiences can certainly expect the unexpected at the Chesil this Christmas season.

Director Peter Andrews is searching for five actors to ensure Patrick’s vision materializes. One will play the miserable Ebeneezer, with the four others expected to take on an array of roles.

Those roles are Bob Cratchit to Marley’s Ghost, to Tiny Tim… plus the guests at the Fezziwig Ball.

Peter, who’s helping out with recruitment for the show, said: "I’m looking forward to the auditions of what I would like to achieve.”

Peter added: "Everyone is welcome to come along to the informal reading of the play on Friday September 1 at 7.45pm so they can get a feel of what we’re about, and hopefully be inspired by the audition.”

The play will take the stage from Saturday November 18 to Saturday November 25.

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