Hero of magical Scrooge show

Liam Gerrard.
Liam Gerrard.

The actor who plays Bob Cratchit is bringing a magic touch to The Dukes’ Christmas production this year.

For Liam Gerrard is also a trained magician and the ‘illusion consultant’ on the show.

And the magic tricks he’s created for the adaptation of the Dickens classic are wowing audiences at the Lancaster theatre.

Particularly popular is the headless ghost of Mary Holden, the last woman to be hanged at Lancaster Castle, and one of several ghosts from local history who complement the familiar cast of Dickens characters in the show.

“The aim is to create magic and wonder out of nothing,” said Liam whose interest in tricks was sparked as a youngster when he received a Paul Daniels magic set.

“I remember seeing magic in Christmas shows when I was a kid and enjoyed it when I got to the stage of being able to fool people with my own tricks. It’s great to produce magic which hopefully people will remember for years to come.”

Liam joined Hull Magic Circle to pursue his interest and when his family moved to Dubai, he became the resident magician in two of the 
country’s top hotels.

While studying at Lancaster University from 2001-4, Liam also performed magic at cabaret venues, holiday parks and working men’s clubs.

Although he performs less magic now, Liam has created illusions for the British Shakespeare Company, Nottingham Playhouse and Keswick’s Theatre By The Lake among others. Liam’s acting career has seen him appear in theatres across the country as well as on television and film.

A Christmas Carol runs until January 4 with an extra performance added at 6pm on December 23.

It is recommended for anyone aged five plus.

To book tickets, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.or