Drawing: Rhys Ifans as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

Autographed drawing of Rhys Ifans as Scrooge in The Christmas Carol at The Old Vic Theatre on London's West End

In the immortal words of Scrooge, “A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy new year to all the world! Whoop!”

What better time to post this sketch of the wonderful Welsh actor Rhys Ifans as one of Charles Dickens’ most memorable characters in the Old Vic production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL in London. It’s the ultimate redemption story, the cold-hearted miser who despises the festive season, until the Christmas Spirits fill him with love and joy.

We saw the excellent production a couple of weeks ago and Rhys signed this drawing for me yesterday at the stage door.

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Drawing: Paula Wilcox in Great Expectations at the Vaudeville Theatre

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Graham McLaren’s production of Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations was part of the bicentenary events celebrating the birth of the great author. After a National Tour it transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End in early 2013. Adapted by Jo Clifford, Dickens 13th novel is considered by many to be his most popular.

Paula Wilcox – best known as Chrissy in the 70s British TV comedy Man About The House took on the role of Miss Havisham, one of literature’s most tragic heroines. Dickens created some of the world’s most memorable characters and Miss Havisham is one of them.

She has her heart broken on her wedding day when she was jilted at the alter by her cruel lover. She adopts a daughter called Estrella and trains her to wreak revenge on men.

Estrella was played by Grace Rowe, who previously featured in the Olivier Award Winning production of The Railway Children at Waterloo Station.

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