The fully orchestrated score of A Christmas Carol was performed for the first time in London at the Lyceum Theatre last night.

Following the spectacular success of its debut performance of Roger and Hammerstein’s State Fair, the London Musical Theatre Orchestra delighted the audience last night with its much anticipated Christmas concert; the hit Broadway musical, ‘A Christmas Carol’ with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens.

After decade-long success at New York’s Paramount Theatre in Madison Square Garden, A Christmas Carol came to the London stage in glorious concert format for the very first time backed by the 32-strong London Musical Theatre Orchestra and performed by a star-studded West End cast.

Robert Lindsay (best known as Ben Harper from TV series My Family) took the lead role of Scrooge joined by an illustrious supporting cast, that includes musical theatre star Carrie Hope Fletcher (younger sister of Tom Fletcher from McFly) performing for the first time alongside her sister-in-law, actress, television personality and vlogger Giovanna Fletcher (sister to TOWIE‘s Mario Falcone).

This spectacular musical adaptation of one of Charles Dickens’ most famous stories received the full Broadway treatment by the Broadway team of Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid), Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) and Mike Ockrent (Crazy For You, Me and My Girl). Called by The New York Times “a tonic for adults, and for children a transfixing journey,” A Christmas Carol  has definitely given us the warm-hearted kick-start to the Christmas week for all the family.