Theatre Review: Scrooge at Curve is bahmazing!
It’s not Christmas without a retelling of Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol and this year, with a country full of food banks and the gap between have and have nots growing ever wider, Scrooge is more relevant than ever, writes Jonathan Fraser.
It’s a dark tale and, to his credit, director Nikolai Foster doesn’t shy away from that darkness in Curve’s big Christmas show. What he does do is ladle in plenty of lightness, laughter and love into a production that overflows with the milk of human kindness.
Huge song and dance numbers fill Michael Taylor’s beautifully designed steampunk inspired stage, each one of them like a colourful victoriana Christmas card of delight. Stephen Mear’s choreography is superb throughout with the cast making full of Curve’s epic stage.
Jasper Briton’s delightfully idiosyncratic Ebeneezer evolves wonderfully from misanthrope to merrymaker whilst keeping the audience always on side. Supporting cast members, such as Danny Boy Hatchard leading Thank You Very Much, Anton Stephans as the Ghost of Christmas Present and a chilling performance by Karen Mann as Marley seal the deal.
Did we mention there was magic? Oh yes oodles of it – with one trick we’re still trying to work out! Add in dancing teddy bears and a dusting of snow and you have a festive treat of a show that’s sure to banish the bah humbug in all of us! It’s bahmazing!
Scrooge The Musical runs at Curve until the 7th Jan. tickets at www.curveonline.co.uk