Photo FeaturesGo Inside Rehearsals for European Premiere of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol
With a score by the Grammy winner, the musical will play Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall beginning December 8.
Andrew Gans, Logan Culwell-Block, Michael Wiltbank
November 18, 2022
The European premiere of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol will play Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall December 8–January 8, 2023, with opening night December 13. Adapted by David H. Bell, Paul T. Couch, and Curt Wollan, the musical features an original score by eight-time Grammy winner Parton and a book by Bell. Go inside the rehearsal room for the upcoming production below.
Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Toast of London) leads the cast as Scrooge, joined by Halle Brown, Iona Fraser, Richard J Hunt, Vicki Lee Taylor, Olivier winner George Maguire, Ediz Mahmut, Sarah O’Connor, Christopher Parkinson, Minal Patel, Annie Southall, Carole Stennett, Danny Whitehead, and Mitchell Zhangazha. Daniel Lee, Alexander Quinlan, and Samuel Sturge will share the role of Tiny Tim with Elliot Marsden, George Menezes Cutts, and Dereke Oladele comprising the additional children's cast.
Check out rehearsal photos below:
Step Inside the Rehearsal Room for Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol
Dickens’ London-set ghost story is reset in the Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee at the height of the Great Depression, where Ebenezer Scrooge is recast as the callous owner of a mining company town. A concert production of the musical was staged at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2018, and the work received its first full staging at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre in 2019.
The European premiere will be directed and choreographed by Alison Pollard, with musical direction by Andrew Hilton, scenic design by Scott Davis, costume design by Linda Roethke, prop design by Eleanor Kahn, lighting design by David Howe, and sound design by Richard Brooker. Casting is by Pearson Casting, with Fiery Angel Entertainment and Red Tail Entertainment producing.