Mark Gatiss: ‘The way the government has embraced cruelty as a badge of honour is horrible’

Mark Gatiss: ‘The way the government has embraced cruelty as a badge of honour is horrible’

When Mark Gatiss and his cast were preparing their stage play of A Christmas Carol last year, they would come out of the rehearsal room in east London to be confronted by the line for the food bank. “You just think: ‘Scrooge and Marley live,’” he says. That was last year, before the play opened; it was filmed, and this year will be shown in cinemas, when the ghosts of the Cratchits seem ever more present. “The way that the …