Theatre Review: Tommy Steele in Scrooge

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Milton Keynes Theatre: Tommy Steele in Scrooge

Runs until Saturday (November 26)

Tickets: 0844 8717652 / www.atgtickets.com/Milton-Keynes-Theatre

Review by Alice Dyer

RUGBY’S own homegrown talent shone on the stage next to veteran actors in a much loved classic tale.

Tommy Steele in Scrooge, based on A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens burst onto the Milton Keynes stage in a flurry of festive song.

Nick Blair, from West Haddon, stood proudly at the front of the stage in his first of several roles in the production,

Nick began his career at the Christine Anderson Theatre School in Rugby, before completing a BTEC Diploma in performing arts at Warwickshire College.

He went on to graduate with a first class BA (hons) in musical theatre from Arts Educational Schools in London.

Theatre credits already include parts in Aladdin, Love Never Dies and Ten Plagues, and has now taken on four roles in Scrooge - the Punch and Judy Man, a Phantom, Topper and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

Talented Nick confidently took on each different role and as well as costume changes, he also pulled off different accents very well.

Nick was one of a huge cast list including legend Tommy Steele as Scrooge. The 2011/12 tour will mark Tommy’s sixth time playing the title role in the all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza.

His perfected performance seemed effortless as Ebenezer Scrooge was soon taught a valuable lesson about his hatred of Christmas.

The sets and costumes were beautiful and a special mention to Tiny Tim (Jake Horncastle) who was very sweet, along with the rest of the children in the cast.

Scrooge is the perfect winter warmer to get you in the mood for Christmas and ended with a rousing rendition of the Oscar nominated hit Thank You Very Much, before a standing ovation for Tommy Steele.

A wonderful production and a must-see before Christmas.