The writer behind this year’s Christmas episode of Coronation Street has also written a festive play for a Lancashire theatre.
On Christmas Day, millions of people sat down to watch an hour-long episode of the popular soap, penned by Debbie Oates.
And Debbie, who has been part of the Coronation Street writing team for 11 years, has also written a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, currently playing at The Dukes in Lancaster.
This is the first time Debbie has had responsibility for the Christmas Day episode of the soap, and like millions of others she sat down to watch it with her family yesterday.
And this year is the second time she has scripted a Christmas show for The Dukes.
She first met The Dukes director, Joe Sumsion, when they were at university in Bristol.
And she has a connection with Lancaster as her late mother, Gloria Oates, was High Sheriff of Lancashire and her shield hangs in the city’s Shire Hall.
Last year, Debbie successfully adapted Treasure Island for the Lancaster theatre and for this Christmas she turned her attention to Dickens’ famous festive tale.
Her take on the seasonal favourite includes plenty of humour, as well as several ghosts from Lancaster’s history added to the familiar cast of Dickens characters.
Performed in the round, A Christmas Carol features original songs, puppets and magic as the audience is taken on a journey to Christmases past, present and future.
The play is recommended for anyone aged five and over.
A Christmas Carol runs until January 4.
For tickets, call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.