Original Production – 1992, Birmingham
Scrooge the Musical originally opened in 1992 at the Alexandra Theatre Birmingham. The cast included Stratford Johns as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Tom Watts as Bob Cratchit, Jon Pertwee as Jacob Marley and Anthony Newley as Scrooge. The production opened on November 9th 1992 and ran for 99 performances. It was directed by Bob Tomson, and produced by Graham Mulvein. Choreography was by Anthony Lapsley with design by Paul Farnsworth. The production included impressive stage designs, along with Flying By Foy to hoist Newley into the air.
Original London Production – 1995
The West End production of Scrooge the Musical opened at the London Palladium on October 20, 1995 and ran until January 14, 2006. The show was produced by Bill Kenwright, with direction by Bob Tomson and Design by Paul Farnsworth. Sound design was by Mick Potter, with Lighting by Nick Richings. Choreography was by Lisa Kent, and Musical Direction by Stuart Pedlar.
The cast included: Tommy Steele (Scrooge), Barry Howard (Jacob Marley), James Head (Christmas Present), Gemma Page(Christmas Past), Gareth Jones (Mr Fezziwig), Janine Roebuck (Mrs Fezziwig), Glyn Kerslake (Bob Cratchit), Performer Susan Humphris (Mrs Cratchit).
US Premiere – Ford Center of the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre in Chicago, 2004
The American Premiere production of ‘Scrooge the Musical’ transferred from the UK to the Ford Center of Performing Arts in Chicago, opening on October 26, 2004. The production featured direction by Bob Tomson with choreography by Lisa Kent. Paul Farsnworth’s designs and Paul Kieve’s visual effects were also revived. The cast starred Richard Chamberlain as Scrooge and toured around Minneapolis, Appleton, Wisconsin, Louisville, Wallingford, Connecticut, Detroit, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.
2012 London Production
The musical returned to the London Palladium for the 2012 Christmas season, running from October 24, 2012 to January 14, 2013. The show brought Tommy Steele back to the historic London Palladium and reunited the original creative team.