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Grand Opera House, York

Pick Me Up’s big winter show of 2019 at the Grand Opera House, York, is a real festive treat – Leslie Bricusse’s Scrooge The Musical.


It’s based on Charles Dickens’ classic tale of bitter old miser Ebeneezer Scrooge and the night he's visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come.


Bricusse first adapted A Christmas Carol for the 1970 film musical Scrooge! starring Albert Finney. He was nominated for an Academy Award for the film’s score and for the song Thank You Very Much. 


He turned Scrooge into a stage musical in 1992, with his song-writing partner Anthony Newley playing the title character. Bricusse and Newley’s collaborations include the musicals Stop The World – I Want To Get Off, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and The Roar of the Greasepaint — the Smell of the Crowd

Mark Hird as Scrooge and Frankie Bounds as Young Ebenezer in Leslie Bricusses's Scrooge The Musical

Mark Hird (whose previous Pick Me Up roles include Captain Mainwaring in Dad’s Army, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family) plays Scrooge, Rory Mulvihill (Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Sergeant Wilson in Dad’s Army and Captain Teri Dennis in Privates on Parade) is  the jolly Ghost of Christmas Present, Alan Park (Albin Grau, Carl Laemmle Jr and Anthony Hinds in Monster Makers) plays Scrooge’s long-suffering clerk Bob Cratchit, and nine-year-old Sonny Love is Tiny Tim.

The show is directed by Robert Readman, choreography is by Iain Harvey, and the musical director is Sam Johnson.


26 Nov - 1 Dec  2019


Book, music and lyrics  by

Leslie Bricusse


Directed by

Robert Readman

Musical director

Sam Johnson


Iain Harvey, Robert Readman


Adam Moore


Ian Thomson



Mark Hird

Bob Cratchit

Alan Park


Harry Scrooge's Nephew/Bissett the Butcher

James Potter

Jacob Marley

Tony Froud

Ghost of Christmas Past

Olivia Caley

Ghost of Christmas Present

Rory Mulvihill

Tom Jenkins

Andrew Isherwood

Young Ebenezer

Frankie Bounds


Jennie Wogan

Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come/Miss Dilber/Mrs Fezziwig 

Alex Mather

Mrs Dilber/Mary

Vicki Kress

Mr Pringle The Toy Shop Owner/Phantom

Dave Todd

Mrs Ethel Cratchit

Flo Poskitt

Tiny Tim

Sonny Love

Kathy Cratchit

Niamh Rose

Peter Cratchit

Guy Wilson, Jack Hambleton

Martha Cratchit

Katy Brown

Belinda Cratchit

Hannah Schofield

Meg Cratchit

Tabitha Ford

Lily Cratchit

Lola Weatherill

Hugo Hearty/Mr Fezziwig

James Coldrick

Jocelyn Jollygoode/Phantom

Rob King

Punch and Judy Man/Phantom/Topper

Tom Riddolls

Mr Carstairs/Phantom/Dick Wilkins

Barry Symons

Chestnut Seller/Phantom

Alison Taylor


Rebecca Ellis


Ava Bounds


Sonia Di Lorenzo


Sophie Roberts

Beggar Woman/Mrs Pringle

Bromwyn Jennison

Scrooge as a boy

James Flemming


Melanie Groom

Zoe Gilbert

Bethany Clavery

Alyssia Hanley

Tiggy Owen-Smith 

Macy McDonaugh

Libby Greenhill

Emily Halstead

Libby Anderson

Ava Tait

Poppy Love

Florence Rochester

Bethany Wallace

Photos by Matthew Kitchen Photography

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