Scrooge is a fabulous musical (with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse) based on A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens and this year, the mighty Leicester Curve have had chance to stamp their signature style all over this brilliant festive show choice.
The story closely follows the original – with our main character Scrooge, deeply lacking any Christmas Spirit, visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future with a severe warning for him.
If you’ve never seen Scrooge the musical before, the 19th century play is accompanied by a stunning musical score. Genuine toe-tappingly, memorable music that sticks with you long after you’ve left the theatre. You will almost certainly have “Thank You Very Much” whirling around your mind for several days after.
Scrooge is played by the hugely likeable Jasper Britton. He plays a “daft” Scrooge but this is endearing to the audience and helps the younger viewers get on board. His happiness was infectious towards the end. He has been given a platform to shine as such a focal character and shine he does.
The set is incredible by Michael Taylor. A detailed, interesting and intelligent set overwhelms the Curve stage as a magnificent backdrop to the production. Lit beautifully by Ben Cracknall and complimented with stunning costumes as you can see in the images here. Lucy Duncan and her team proving assets to Curve.
Use of projection and flying is the icing on the cake – and they get all the basics right. The live band (and on stage vocals) are ‘Curve quality’ perfection. Stephen Mear has also done a very nice job of the choreography.
All cast, particularly the young company, are tremendous. Nikolai Foster has delivered another Christmas hit.
If you don’t see it – perhaps you are the real Scrooge! In all seriousness, it’s good – really good. Book Tickets to Leicester Curve and enjoy. It’s great for adults but the kids will more than enjoy it too.