Liverpool Playhouse tackles Dickens classic

Physical comedy company Spymonkey returns to Liverpool this Christmas for a collaboration with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres.

Described as “an alternative take on Charles Dickens’ festive ghost story”, A Christmas Carol runs at the Playhouse from December 8 to January 12.

Dickens’ story will be brought to life by Spymonkey, dubbed “artists of comedic invention and madcap delight”.

It will star Toby Park, Petra Massey, Aitor Basauri and Sophie Russell, and a musical line-up including Ross Hughes and Marcus Penrose.

Described as “somewhere between Monty Python, the Marx Brothers and Samuel Beckett”, this is the theatre company’s fourth visit to the Playhouse.

Back in 2009, the Spymonkey cast took on Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick and in 2012 they brought Oedipussy – a Barbarella and James Bond-inspired re-telling of the Greek tragedy Oedipus.

Their last visit in 2016 saw the company present The Complete Deaths – a performance of all 74 deaths in the works of Shakespeare.

Toby Park, co-artistic director of Spymonkey, said: “This Christmas, we’re inviting Liverpool to put on your best Victorian bib-and-tucker and hold on to your stovepipe hat, as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future whisk us on a flight of theatrical fancy, with music, merriment and plenty of heart.”