16th December

Review: Scrooge at the Shelley Theatre

YOU know you’re onto a winner, when you wake up humming the songs from the night before. Like the three spirits that visit Ebenezer Scrooge, this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, will stay with you long after the final curtain.

Set amidst the period grandeur of the beautiful Shelley Theatre, you can well imagine the ghosts of previous audiences also sitting down to enjoy this timeless festive treat.

Ginger Boy Productions is owned by local West End star Earl Carpenter and the man himself also makes a terrifying appearance as the ghost of Jacob Marley via some very clever digital CGI trickery. Scrooge is played with real pathos by seasoned actor Bruce McIntosh and supported by a handful of exceptionally gifted adult character actors.

Though the real stars of the show are the hardworking youth cast that featured a multitude of specially chosen local performers, all under the direction of Jo Barrington the former head of performing arts at Bournemouth and Poole College.

The musical play in two acts stays faithful to the classic storyline, but is also fizzing with irresistible song, dance and puppetry. The show also really succeeds at cleverly telling a ghost story in a way that won’t frighten any children in the audience.

The spirits who appear through Scrooge don’t need to be spooky to us, and they’re not. They just need to give Scrooge a scare in the right direction and they certainly do that.

The educational, fun and feel-good factor for Scrooge is sky high and it continues its run at the Shelley Theatre until December 24.


Rupert Barrington - Puppeteer and Ghost of Christmas Present

Earl Carpenter* - Marley

Alison Cox - Multiple Roles

Jonathan Davis - Multiple roles and understudy Scrooge

Chloe Hughes - The Ghost of Christmas Future and multiple roles & understudy 

Tracey Taylor Jenkins - The Ghost of Christmas Past and multiple roles

Bruce McIntosh - Scrooge

Chloe Payne - The Ghost of Christmas Future and multiple roles & swing

Jamie Leigh Parker - Multiple roles & understudy

Sam Jenkinson - Young Scrooge and understudy

Freya Allen - Isabelle Angus - Phoebe Angus - Alfie Angus - Isabella Benezra - Matthew Benson - Faith Burgess - Thomas Clark - Lily Rose Clayton - Daisy Davis - Giles Doyle - Tara Doyle - Imogen Derham - Rhianna Derham - Bo Filler - Alicia Freed - Clementine Greenfield - Katie Hammond - Guy Hicks - Sienna Holmes - Tallulah Knight - Anna Lane - Hermione MacNab - Rose Moore - Daniel Northbrooke - Kitty Oldale - Bethany Pearce - Lola Rose Pearson - Bethany Philpott - Abigail Pope - Olivia Reeves - Poppy Rogers — Marni Savage - Kimberley Sayers - Olivia Shatwell - Ella Sweeney - Albert Van Der Feltz - Joe Weaver - Alex Whitmarsh.

*Not in person - Visual effect.

Creative Team
Jo Barrington - Director 

Jille Tregarth - Music Director 

Rupert Barrington - Company Manager

Chloe Brown - Deputy Stage Manager

Earl Carpenter - Producer, for and on behalf of Ginger Boy Productions Limited