EXCLUSIVE: New Scrooge revealed for RSC’s A Christmas Carol

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In an interview with Herald arts RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran revealed who would be the next Scrooge in the company’s highly acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol, which runs again this year.

Last Christmas Phil Davis took the central role of Scrooge and was praised by the Herald for his ‘subtlety, wit by and perfectly scowly face’. The actor has had a long and successful career after becoming well known for his part in cult classic Quadrophenia, and went on to work with Mike Leigh; more recently he appeared in Whitechapel.

The in-demand actor was unable to commit to the revived festive family show this year. Gregory explained: “Phil really wanted to come back as he said he didn’t want to see anyone else do it – but in the end he couldn’t make it work. I’m not sure if I can tell you who is playing Scrooge as we haven’t announced it yet…”

But Gregory did indeed tell us – to find out who the familiar face is buy a copy of this week’s Herald, out today.

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