The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln to play Scrooge in A Christmas Carol reboot – and he's worlds away from Rick Grimes

THE Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln scrubs up well as he gets ready to play the iconic Ebenezer Scrooge.

Lincoln, 47, looks worlds away from the zombie hunting Rick Grimes on the Walking Dead as he prepares to tread the boards as everybody's favourite Christmas grinch.

The actor will star in the annual A Christmas Carol reboot at The Old Vic Theatre in a socially distanced production which will be live streamed to audiences.

Matthew Warchus (Ghost The Musical, Matilda The Musical) has directed the rebooted version of the Charles Dickens' classic since 2017.

This year's production will run from December 12 to Christmas Eve and also stars, John Dagleish, Maria Omakinwa and Gloria Obianyo.

The ambitious production will hire at least 80 cast and crew, breathing life into a fledgling industry which has taken a beating during the coronavirus pandemic.

Warchus described the upcoming productions as "the most ambitious and complex pieces of live-streamed theatre attempted in the pandemic so far".

"When I began my job as Artistic Director five years ago I boldly (naively) put up a neon sign in the lobby radiating Lilian Baylis' favorite quote – 'Dare, Always Dare.' With those galvanizing words ringing in our ears, I am delighted to announce that Andrew Lincoln has joined us in what must surely be one of the most ambitious and complex pieces of live-streamed theatre attempted in the pandemic so far," he said in a statement.

"The Old Vic's A Christmas Carol has moved and entertained over a quarter of a million people in London and New York over the last three Christmases and we made a pledge last spring that we would still present it, in some form or other, even in this most challenging of years."

Warchus added: "In doing a project of this size we don't expect to be able to make any profit for the theatre but rather we will be continuing our mission of staying connected to audiences of all ages, providing much-needed work and income for dozens of freelancers, and generally celebrating the important role live theatre has always played in bringing us together to share amazing stories.

"I hope you can join us."

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