Back by very popular demand, James has agreed to perform A Christmas Carol over two nights for us this year so we can really get into the festive spirit with mice pies and mulled wine!
Curtain up at 7.30pm. Come early to order Chef Vix’s street food and your favourite drink to make the evening complete
A versatile actor with well over thirty years’ professional experience, James has appeared in over one-hundred and fifty theatrical productions on television, the West-End stage and in numerous regional theatres. A regular performer with the renowned Hull Truck Theatre Company, James has worked with some of the country’s leading playwrights including Sir Alan Ayckbourn (COMIC POTENTIAL/Lyric theatre: Shaftesbury Ave), John Godber (Several national tours of BOUNCERS and UP ‘N’ UNDER/Hull Truck Theatre), Richard Cameron (THE GLEE CLUB/Duchess Theatre and THE FLANNELETTES/Kings Head Theatre) and Dame Kay Mellor (A PASSIONATE WOMAN/The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Oldham Coliseum). James has appeared on television (SILENT WITNESS/DOCTORS/THE BILL). He has also appeared in many acclaimed productions at Northampton’s Royal Theatre.
He has successfully adapted Charles Dickens’ novelsOLIVER TWIST, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, DAVID COPPERFIELD and Bram Stoker’s DRACULA into amazing one man performances and his adaptation of Dickens’ most seasonal of novels, A CHRISTMAS CAROL,is no exception. James comes to OPEN with a host of Charles Dickens’ wonderful characters, including Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, Mr and Mrs Fezziwig and of course, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. All brought to life in the “inimitable style of Dickens” own legendary public readings.
A literary giant and tireless social-reformer: In December 1853 Charles Dickens was at the height of his popularity. At the invitation of various charitable organizations, he appeared at Birmingham Town Hall, before rapturous audiences numbering nearly two-thousand, to perform his first ever public readings of A Christmas Carol. The readings were deemed so successful that Dickens, who had harboured a desire to act on stage since childhood, was to embark upon a series of tours of British and North American theatres, reading from his novels and drawing vast crowds for each performance.
A Christmas Carol was published ten years earlier in 1843 and was an instant sensation. Dickens wrote in a letter to a friend that he had composed the novel as he walked, mile after mile through the city streets at night. “In his head, weeping and laughing and weeping again.”
Charles Dickens continued to write and perform his novels to great acclaim until his death in 1870 aged 58. He is buried in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.