This year’s Northern Stage festive production is Charles Dickens’ classic story of ghosts, greed and goodwill, A Christmas Carol.  Neil Bartlett’s adaptation stays true to the original and includes all the characters everyone knows and loves, but in this new production designer Rhys Jarman has taken inspiration from Peaky Blinders and the Great Gatsby for the set and costume design, and Hannabiell Sanders’ music breathes new life into Christmas Carols with a fantastic jazz sound.

On Friday 21 December the cast took time out from the theatre to perform for a group of young people at St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth, a charity that provides specialist short breaks to children and young adults with progressive, life shortening conditions.  

Families from across the region – Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and North Durham – access these specialist services and enjoy the friendly ‘home from home’ environment. Carole Dixon, Children and Young Adults Service Manager at St Oswald’s, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed the cast of A Christmas Carol in to St Oswald’s today, it’s made our afternoon. It was a lovely way to celebrate the festive season and get in to the spirit of Christmas with the children and young adults who we care for at the Hospice.

A Christmas Carol Director Mark Calvert said, “St Oswald’s is an important North East charity doing really brilliant work so it’s a great privilege to have the opportunity to create a little piece of Christmas magic at the hospice. We hope our visit will help to bring some festive cheer to these young people, their families and the hardworking staff and volunteers at the centre.”

The cast of actors and musicians visiting St Oswald’s includes Nick Figgis (War Horse in the West End), Tim Dalling (James and the Giant Peach, Northern Stage); Clara Darcy (Alice in Wonderland, Northern Stage); Rachel Dawson (The Jungle Book, UK tour); Craig Fairbairn (Animal Farm, Northern Stage); William Pennington (Treasure Island, New Vic); and Musical Director & Composer Dr Hannabiell Sanders; plus an ensemble of performance students from Newcastle College.  A Christmas Carol is at Northern Stage until 5 January; tickets are available from £10 from www.northernstage.co.uk

To support St Oswald’s text STOS01 to 70300 to donate £10.  Throughout the 31 days of January, St Oswald’s will share 31 ways to make your 2019 memorable. For more information visit www.stoswaldsuk.org/lifelist