The festive season is never complete without an airing of the much-loved Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.

So The Southwick Players have turned to Leslie Bricusse's musical retelling of the redemption of the curmudgeonly skinflint, Scrooge.

His conversion is brought about following visitations from spirits and ghosts - all of which were skillfully realised, particularly the Spirit of Christmas Past, which manifested itself in an ethereal atmosphere.

The production is lively, colourful and gained in strength as the show progressed, with many delightful performances giving life to the characters.

A great burden rests on the actor playing Scrooge because he is required to convey the several moods of the character.

Fortunately H Reeves was up to the task. With looks akin to Old Man Steptoe he gave an excellent performance in his transformation, managing to be frightening and comic while at the same time conveying a wistful pathos.

If I was being honest I would have to say that the uneven level of singing is a weakness of the show. But enough of being churlish - this is the season of goodwill and the show is a lot of fun.

Running until until Saturday, December 10. Call 01273 597094 for tickets.