Rhys Ifans will play Scrooge at the Old Vic this Christmas

Rhys Ifans will star in the Charles Dickens’ timeless classic A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic. The new adaptation by Jack Thorne will be directed by Matthew Warchus and open at the South London theatre on 29 November.

On a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself. Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late?

Rhys Ifans’ work as an actor encompasses stage, television and film. His theatre credits include King Lear (The Old Vic), Protest Song, Volpone and Under Milk Wood (National Theatre), Don Juan in Soho, Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Bad Finger (Donmar Warehouse) and Beautiful Thing (Duke of York Theatre). Film includes Snowdon, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Dominion, Len and Company, Under Milk Wood, The Replacements, Notting Hill (BAFTA nominated) and he will be appearing in The Parting Glass later in 2017. Television includes Berlin Station, Not Only But Always (BAFTA Award for Best Actor) and Shakespeare Shorts.

Rhys Ifans performed opposite Glenda Jackson in King Lear at the Old Vic

A Christmas Carol will begin previews at the Old Vic Theatre on 18 November and run until 20 January 2018

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