A Christmas Carol and Cinderella at Groundlings Theatre

S&C Community Reporter Andrew Hurdle interviews Richard Stride from Pompey’s Groundlings Theatre about the history of the theatre and the coming season.

Richard Stride explains the history of the Groundlings Theatre, including that Charles Dickens’ mother went into Labour there, making it especially significant to bring Dickens’ famous tale, A Christmas Carol back this year. He gives us a sneak preview of not just one but two Christmas shows coming up in November and December – a traditional telling of Dickens’ Christmas story and their pantomime Cinderella.

Finally, Richard explains how, in the coming weeks, the cast will be performing one show while rehearsing the next, and exploring some of the many things that makes the Groundlings Theatre unique in the local theatre scene.


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