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'Charles Dickens' urges locals to audition for Southwark Playhouse’s Christmas Carol

Christopher West, who makes regular appearances in character as Charles Dickens at a London Bridge pub, has urged locals to get involved with Southwark Playhouse's Christmas show.

Christopher West as Charles Dickens
'Charles Dickens' (Christopher West) with Ellen Hughes from Southwark Playhouse

Southwark Playhouse is searching for budding stars from Southwark to take part in their production of A Christmas Carol this winter.

A Christmas Carol will be an exhilarating, innovative production that leads the audience on a journey with Scrooge through the Victorian arches beneath London Bridge Station.

The show will team actors from the local community with a cast of professionals and the Playhouse's artistic director Ellie Jones.

Earlier this month the theatre's patron Andy Serkis launched a fundraising drive to make the production possible.

Southwark Playhouse is looking for community players of all ages to take part in this project.

If you've always wanted to perform in a professional production, this could be your chance.

The auditions and taster day for A Christmas Carol will be held on Saturday 24 October. Book your workshop slot with Charlotte on 020 7407 0234 or email her at

• Christopher West gives a talk about Charles Dickens on alternate Monday evenings at The Barrow Boy & Banker at London Bridge. He also hosts the 'Twist with Dickens' quiz at the same pub. See

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