Award-winning actor Craig Cowdroy is proud to present his powerful, humorous and moving adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, ‘A Christmas Carol’. Playing all twenty-two roles in this one man tour de force, breathing new life into this classic narrative and taking you on a roller coaster of emotions. Charles Dickens’ famous story about selfishness and selflessness is stripped down to its bare essence. Ebenezer Scrooge is determined not to let Christmas interfere with his miserly routine. But one Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unexpected supernatural visitors who are determined to show him the error of his ways.

Craig’s diverse career began from a very young age, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in ‘The Merchant of Venice’. After years of training, competing, and performing as a dancer, which included the show team at Butlins as a Red Coat, he then stepped off the stage to work in stage management, set and lighting design and crewing for such shows as ‘Peter Pan’ with Bonnie Langford, and concerts with ‘Metallica.’

Craig followed the dream he’d had from the age of 4 and took off to London to study as an actor. He graduated from Mountview Theatre School in 1990 and has worked extensively throughout the UK and Ireland receiving great acclaim for his performances.

He has produced, written, directed and choreographed theatre shows and pantomimes across the country, and had the pleasure of presenting and starring as dame in his production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to HRH Sophie Duchess of Wessex, who actually asked if she could “borrow his frocks”.

Craig’s larger than life creation led Richard Edmonds of The Stage newspaper to say, “Craig was as lethal as Danny La Rue was in his heyday…reminding us of true panto anarchy”.

Craig is proud to have performed in front of HM The Queen at the opening of The Royal Armouries in Leeds. Whilst at the Armouries he appeared playing a multitude of characters from history, such as Ivanhoe and Henry VIII, and wearing 5 stone suits of armour. He recorded many ’Talking Heads’ for Sky, Granada and ITV and was seen regularly on the History Channel.

As a puppeteer Craig has written, created and constructed many rod, glove and black light shows, and has a special relationship with his good friends Punch & Judy. One of his highlights was working with the famous characters of ‘Button Moon’, playing the very naughty Little Bottle.

Theatre, Film & TV credits include— Amos in ‘Chicago’ (tour). Oberon in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Thoresby Hall). Multiple roles in ‘Dracula’ (Whitby Abbey). Oswald Rayner ‘Mystery Files’ (National Geographic). Dishers & Hobo Ringmaster in ‘The Mind’s Wood’ (Saffer & Co Film Company). Sebastian in ‘Icicle’ (Halogen Entertainment) for which he received an award for ‘Best Actor’ at the Coventry Film Festival.

Craig will be performing his one man show on 8th December at 7.30pm. Tickets for ‘A Christmas Carol’ are available from The Civic Centre