Welsh actor Owen Teale will play Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic this year.
Teale, 61, is best known for his role as Ser Alliser Thorne in Game of Thrones and has also starred in BBC fantasy series Line Of Duty and Sky A Discovery Of Witches.
The Tony-winning actor will star as the protagonist of Charles Dickens’ short story in The Old Vic’s 2022 production of the classic Christmas tale.
The book has been adapted for the stage by Jack Throne, author of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and will be directed by The Old Vic Art Director Matthew Warchus.
The iconic Christmas story, which was first published in 1843, follows Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, who ‘lead to becoming a gentler man and kinder man.
In previous productions of A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic, Scrooge has been portrayed by other well-known names including Stephen Mangan and Andrew Lincoln.
Along with the Teale casting news, the search for the charity that The Old Vic will support throughout production was also launched.
For 2022, charities can nominate themselves as recipients of bucket drives, text giveaways and online donations at the end of each performance, which over the past five years have raised more than £1 million for poverty and food deprivation. charities including Field Lane, The Felix Project and Fareshare.
Speaking about the importance of the charity element of producing A Christmas Carol, Warchus said: “It’s always amazing to see the support and generosity of The Old Vic audiences throughout the year.
“Raising over £1million through the post-show collections of A Christmas Carol is not only a milestone, but also a testament to this generosity of spirit.
“This year I am delighted to welcome Owen Teale as Scrooge as we continue to provide charitable support to a UK-based charity as always.
“Dickens felt compelled to write A Christmas Carol after witnessing extreme hardship firsthand.
“Now, nearly 180 years after its initial publication, Jack Thorne’s stage adaptation continues to dazzle and move audiences while highlighting the contribution theater can make to social justice.”
Production of A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic will run from November 12, 2022 to January 7, 2023.