After a horrible year, stage hand Lesley has decided that Christmas should be cancelled. The only festive joy she wants is the turkey sandwich in her lunch box. So she is shutting down the theatre, turning off the lights, packing up the glitter curtains, the giant beanstalk, the fake snow and going home to have dinner alone...
But as the bells of St Cuthbert’s strike twelve, it seems the theatre has other ideas... from the back of the costume cupboard, a troupe of festive spirits emerge with an absolute sack full of festive cheer. Is this the last thing Lesley needs? or can this strange Christmas Gang and their stories help her feel the magic of Christmas again?
Christmas Dinner is a co-production between The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and opened at The Lyceum, Edinburgh in December 2021.
Fruity - Richard Conlon
Lesley - Elicia Daly
Billy - Ronan McMahon
Madame Lady - Florence Odumosu
Bird Girl -Sita Pieraccini
Christine - Janie Thomson
Dave - Hamish Wylie
Writer - Robert Alan Evans
Director - Gill Robertson
Designer - Karen Tennent
Lighting Designer - Colin Grenfell
Composer & Sound Designer - Danny Krass
Movement Director - Jim Manganello
Understudy Director - Jo Rush
Casting Director - Laura Donnelly CDG
Photos by Mihaela Bodlovic.
“Full of Theatrical Magic...Evan's concept is inspired” ★★★★ The Times
“Christmas Dinner at The Lyceum is as beautifully Designed as it is Heartwarming” ★★★★ The Scotsman
"Christmas Dinner makes it possible to lose yourself in a beautifully told modern fairy tale, to laugh yourself silly, to shed a quiet tear or two and to feel like just maybe Christmas has indeed been saved.." ★★★★★ Plays To See