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  • (♪ "I Saw Three Ships")

  • You know, everybody knows this story because it's about change.

  • It's about people's capacity to be able to change at any time in their lives.

  • And it's about social responsibility. It's about love, really.

  • It's the great unrequited love story, I think.

  • Matthew and I'd been talking with a dear friend of mine, a writer friend of mine,

  • about putting on a production next year, potentially.

  • And so when the crisis hit,

  • he got back a few months later and just said, "How about Scrooge?"

  • And I didn't quite know if I should be insulted or actually flattered,

  • but either way, I'm here.

  • The truth is that I, under normal circumstances,

  • I would be in the audience this Christmas watching this production

  • because I've seen two out of three of the last years' productions.

  • Because it's this magical,

  • beautiful, perfect theatrical production, in my opinion.

  • And I've become a complete fanboy for these productions.

  • I think that Jack Thorne, who adapted this version of A Christmas Carol,

  • has written such a beautiful, spare, poetic,

  • but really emotional, almost like a Freudian insight.

  • The father isn't present in the novel.

  • And what he's done is just by pushing forward this very dark, brooding,

  • oppressive presence of the father,

  • you understand where he was created, you know.

  • I love this theatre. It's a sort of landmark historic theatre.

  • For 200 years, it's had some of the greatest theatre performers of our time.

  • But the thing that I love most about this theatre and the policy of the theatre

  • is that it's a community theatre.

  • There's a definite sense of energy in here that is different.

  • The reason I became an actor is because of my local theatre.

  • I worked as a waiter at the Bath Theatre Royal

  • and that's how I fell in love with theatre,

  • and watched Richard Harris in Pirandello four timesand that's why I'm here.

  • Without these kind of community theatres,

  • I think the lifeblood of our industry will disappear.

  • My only Christmas wish is that as quickly as possible audiences are back in theatres.

  • That's all we're wishing for, to just basically hobble through

  • until we can all be back together and to be able to connect with people again.

(♪ "I Saw Three Ships")

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