London presents festive Scrooge musical

The London Palladium is this year offering visitors staying in central London a chance to see a festive classic.

On until January 5th, the famous venue is putting on a unique production of Scrooge the musical that is ideal for the Christmas season.

The West End show will star Tommy Steele in the title role in Bill Kenwright's famous musical and there are special effects by magician Paul Kieve, who was also involved with the Harry Potter movies, as well as choreography by Lisa Kent.

Other cast members will include Barry Howard as Jacob Marley, Sarah Earnshaw as the Ghost of Christmas Past and James Head as the Ghost of Christmas Present.

The story is set in Victorian London and features a number of songs from the 1970s movie musical version, including Thank You Very Much, I Hate People, December 25th and I'll Begin Again.

Tickets start from £28.50 and it could be a great night out for families staying in central London hotels as the London Palladium is a short walk from Oxford Circus London Underground station, which is on the Central, Victoria and Bakerloo lines.

It was recently confirmed that a musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be opening on London's West End in 2013.

Directed by Sam Mendes, the much-anticipated production will be hosted by the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with previews for the musical beginning on May 18th.

It is expected the show will cost around £10 million to produce and has been written by Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the Tony Award-winning team behind musical Hairspray and the popular US television series Smash.

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