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It has been announced that ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ star Simon Callow will be releasing an audio adaption of Charles Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ to mark 175 years since the much-loved book was self-published by Dickens in 1843.
Last Christmas, Callow performed a one-man version of the popular novel at the Arts Theatre, with the actor winning praise for the moving and heart-warming performance.
Now his retelling of one of the world’s most beloved Christmas tales is set to be combined with music performed by The Brighouse and Rastrick Band with traditional Christmas carols.
The first CD will see a fresh presentation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ with Callow’s narration, with the second CD featuring well-loved Christmas songs, including ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Away In A Manger’.
Speaking about the venture, Callow said: “Charles Dickens is one of the supreme storytellers of all time; it has always been a joy for me to perform not just the characters and the dialogue but to speak in the uniquely compelling voice of the author himself.
“It’s been wonderful to come back again, for new listeners and to old, to the timeless place in all our hearts that ‘A Christmas Carol’ occupies, this time with the addition of marvellously stirring music to accompany what is a story that will never cease to be relevant, moving, and funny for as long as stories are told.”
Simon Callow’s adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ will be released on 1 December.