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Bruce Hopkins Starring in "A Christmas Carol"
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Greetings -- Quickbeam here.

Happy Holidays to all the RINGER fans across the world.

Those lucky Kiwis on the North Island still have the opportunity to check out the new stage production of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" starring our very own Gamling BRUCE HOPKINS! The show continues until December 12, 2004.

All the details are found below.

We hope Bruce is having a fantastic birthday today as he prepares for this weekend's performance as the underdog Bob Cratchit who ultimately discovers the benevolence of the Christmas spirit arrives from the most unexpected place -- Scrooge himself!



Auckland Theatre Company brings oodles of Festive cheer to theatre goers with it’s new family show, A Christmas Carol, previewing at SKYCITY Theatre on Thursday, 11 November.

This exciting new take on Charles Dickens’ classic, adapted by renowned New Zealand comedy writer Dave Armstrong (TV’s Spin Doctors, Skitz, Semisi Family and Niu Sila), interweaves a traditional Victorian Christmas with contemporary Kiwi humour.

“Dickens’ A Christmas Carol shows that there is still a place and time for classic stories that lift our spirits. The time for A Christmas Carol will always be the magical season of Christmas,” says director Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

Mark Hadlow (Wind in the Willows, Noises Off and TV’s Willy Nilly) breathes new life into old miser Ebenezer Scrooge. He’s joined by a top notch cast of popular TV and stage performers. The Cratchit family is headed by Jackie Clark (Mum’s the Word, Christmas in the Park) and Bruce Hopkins (Lord of the Rings, Spin Doctors), with Jonny Hair (Street Legal) and Morgan Reese-Fairhead (Power Rangers, Jacksons Wharf). Eddie Giffney, the eleven year old star of Christmas in the Park, makes his debut with ATC as the youngest Cratchet, the crippled Tiny Tim.

The boisterous Chatchit family is joined on stage by Shortland Street’s Kate-Louise Elliott as Deirdre, Cameron Rhodes (Goldie, Ladies’ Night) as Jacob Marley, and Hori Ahipene (The Semesis, Skitz) as all the other ghosts!

Narrator Paul Barrett (Caligula, Shortland Street) creates an enchanting atmosphere with Dickensian storytelling throughout the performance.

A perfect way to usher in the Christmas season, A Christmas Carol will delight adults and have children looking at the on-stage spectacle in wonderment.

“I like to think that if Dickens were alive and in Auckland today, this is how he would have written A Christmas Carol…well more or less!” says Ward-Lealand.

A special Tiny Tim Family Pass (2 Adults and 2 Children) is available for $139.


Mark Hadlow -- Ebenezer Scrooge
Hori Ahipene -- The Ghost of Christmas Past, Present & Future
Paul Barrett -- Narrator / Dickens
Cameron Rhodes -- Jacob Marley
Kate-Louise Elliott -- Deirdre
Jackie Clarke -- Lorraine Cratchit
Bruce Hopkins -- Bob Cratchit
Eddie Giffney -- Tiny Tim
Jonny Hair -- Pete Cratchit
Morgan-Reese Fairhead -- Belinda Cratchit

Director -- Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Musical Director -- Grant Winterburn
Designer -- John Verryt
Lighting Designer -- David Eversfield

A Christmas Carol: Performance details

Thursday, 11 November – Sunday, 12 December at the SKYCITY THEATRE

Tuesday & Wednesday at 6.30pm
Thursday - Saturday at 8.00pm

Saturday at 2.00pm (20 & 27 November, 4 & 11 December)
Sundays at 4.00pm (21 & 28 November, 5 & 12 December)

Preview performances: Thursday, 11 November at 8.00pm
Starship Charity Performance: Friday, 12 November at 8.00pm – adult $55, child $29

A Reserve $58
B Reserve $49
C Reserve $29
Child (15 years and under) $29
Tiny Tim Family Pass (2 Adults and 2 Children) $139
Bookings: Through Ticketek on (09) 307-5000 & www.ticketek.co.nz
Booking fees may apply

WEBSITE: http://www.atc.co.nz

Much too hasty,