The Chatsworth Players are going on tour with their autumn production – A Christmas Carol – for six consecutive nights in different venues, with the final show on their home stage at Chatsworth House.
“We toured with our first two or three productions over ten years ago,” said s director Lindsay Jackson.
“We decided to do so again this time because we feel that everyone will want to see John Mortimer’s wonderful adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and it’s extra special if you can see it without having to travel too far.”
The production has an unusually large cast of 20 and includes six newcomers aged under 16 – as well as the society’s youngest-ever performer playing the part of Tiny Tim.
“It’s been an absolute joy to see their development, their growing confidence and the wholehearted way in which they throw themselves into the performance,” added Lindsay.
A Christmas Carol is on the current GCSE English literature curriculum and Lindsay, herself a former teacher, knows how helpful it can be to see a live performance of a story that is being studied, so she is hoping that there will be some students in the audiences and that the Players can play a small part in helping them to love this Dickens story.
Starting on October 21 at the Whitworth Centre in Darley Dale, productions are at Youlgrave Village Hall, Bakewell Town Hall, and Tideswell Fountain Square Church, reaching Chatsworth House for the Friday and Saturday performances on October 25 and 26.
The Players and Chatsworth House will also host a celebratory black-tie pre-theatre dinner before the Saturday evening performance.
For tickets go to http://www.chatsworthplayers.com