THAT old miser Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the best-known characters ever created.
In fact, he’s so notorious that his name is now a by-word for skinflints everywhere. But is the character as simple as most people believe?
Peter Polycarpou, who is playing the role in the new production of A Christmas Carol, thinks not.
“He’s not an evil person,” he told the Solihull News. “He’s just had an incredibly difficult life - he lost his mother, his father sent him away to school, his sister died at a very young age and his relationship with his fiance collapsed.
“After all that, he’s put up barriers and come to focus entirely on business. I think it’s important that the audience understand that.”
Patrick Stewart, Michael Caine and latterly Jim Carrey are among the actors to have played the part.
A fan of Charles Dickens already, Peter immersed himself in the original story and did research to try and put a different spin on the character. When he heard that the Birmingham Rep were planning a new adaptation, he was keen to get involved.
“This is the third time I’ve performed there and I’ve always enjoyed visiting Birmingham in the past.
“I’d say this is quite a dark production and we do focus on the ghostly side of things.
“That’s not to say this isn’t a family show, but the special effects we have - while simple - are very effective.”
* A Christmas Carol is on at Birmingham Rep until January 9. To book tickets call 0121 236 4455.