Will everything go to plan when the locals put on their first performance of A Christmas Carol?
After weeks of backstage bickering and artistic differences, the moment of truth is rapidly approaching for the Walford Players as they prepare for the opening of A Christmas Carol. One person definitely not looking forward to the big night is Bex Fowler, as Louise’s involvement in the production looks set to escalate the pair’s war over Shakil. But the show must go on – will it be a night to remember, or an embarrassing flop?
It's time to put on make-up… The Walford Players are all set for their first performance of A Christmas Carol
Among those busy backstage is Linda, who helps Carmel get ready for curtain up
As nerves start to jangle, Derek gives the cast a pep talk
It looks like Mick regrets getting roped in to the production by Denise
From behind the curtain, Derek and Denise watch Patrick and Carmel perform
Will the Fowler clan win over the audience with their portrayal of the Cratchit family?
It's soon the turn of Kush and Patrick to take centre stage
Meanwhile, Martin Fowler looks as though he may be suffering from stagefright!
Soon, it's the moment Bex has been dreading: the part of the play when Louise has to kiss Shakil
In the wings, Bex is heartbroken as she looks on
Afterwards, Derek makes some observations about Patrick's role as Ebenezer Scrooge
In the café, the next day, Kush, Kathy and Donna are among those reflecting on the big night
While Patrick seems preoccupied with his own performance
Denise looks animated as she approaches her friend: so was the first night a hit, or a miss? Find out by watching EastEnders from Monday 19 December