Christmas is coming early for youngsters in Sheffield – with children’s TV stars heading to the city to film a festive show.
Families in Sheffield will have the chance to see their favourite CBeebies stars on the Crucible stage in a new musical version of A Christmas Carol.
Many of the BBC children’s channel’s famous faces will be appearing in the show, including Something Special’s Justin Fletcher, Mister Maker Phil Gallagher and Swashbuckle’s Gemma Hunt.
The show – on Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 – will also mark a return to the Sheffield stage for Ben Faulks, who appeared at the Lyceum as his CBeebies character Mr Bloom during Radio 5 Live’s Octoberfest last year, before returning as Dandini in the Christmas pantomime, Cinderella.
A CBeebies spokesman said: “Charles Dickens’ classic novel has been adapted for the CBeebies audience with the mean Ebenezer Scrooge needing a bit of CBeebies magic to learn to care for those around him and share in the joy of Christmas.
“The performances will be filmed and the resulting programme will be broadcast as the centrepiece of this year’s CBeebies Christmas schedule.”
Outside the venue, Tudor Square will be transformed into a winter wonderland with activities ‘to excite and inspire young audiences’.
Kay Benbow, CBeebies controller, said: “We’re delighted to bring so many of CBeebies’ stars to Sheffield.
“We hope audiences in the Crucible will be caught up in the magic of the story.
“There will also be fun-packed activities in Tudor Square.”
n Free tickets for A CBeebies Christmas Carol are released today through www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours and will be allocated via a ballot which is open for one week.
The show is open to children aged four upwards. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Tickets are required for every member of the group, children and adults.