James Hyland returns to Ropery Hall with A Christmas Carol

Acclaimed West End actor James Hyland returns to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall later this month to reprise what has been described as one of the greatest one-man shows of all time,  A Christmas Carol – As told by Jacob Marley (Deceased).

Now taking to the stage for its seventh consecutive year, this much loved solo drama portrays Charles Dickens’ classic tale from the perspective of Scrooge’s deceased business partner, Jacob Marley.

James last performed the play in Barton three years ago when he had the audience spell-bound with what has been described as “a compelling masterpiece.”

This gripping tale of crime and punishment sees Hyland both as protagonist and storyteller, switching guises through Dickens’ cast of characters while remaining faithful to the original text.

“Hyland’s show makes much of the Victorian somewhat ghoulish obsession with the supernatural, bringing Marley back from the dead, not only to haunt Scrooge, but to haunt the audience in an eerie and chilling display of physical theatre which manages at once to be comic and tragic,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

Hyland, who has won several awards for his work in the past, added his one-man show emphasised the differences between a saved soul and one that is lost, Scrooge being the former and Marley being the latter.

“Jacob Marley is dead and condemned to an eternity of carrying a heavy chain, forged in life; a life to which he can no longer return except to recount the tale of his miserly business partner, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the path that lead to his redemption. Through Marley’s words, we learn how three magical spirits opened Scrooge’s eyes and made him realise the true value of love and forgiveness,” said James.

And Liz added:  “The themes of redemption and forgiveness are contrasted by comparing Marley’s temporary liberation from his chains to that of Scrooge’s full reclamation of spirit.”

Hyland won the Best Performer in Theatre (Fringe Report Awards 2012) as well as a nomination for The London Theatre Award 2012 and was invited to a Buckingham Palace reception to mark the bi-centenary of Dickens’ birth.

The production on Friday, November 20, begins at 7.30pm and tickets costing £12 in advance or £14 on the door,  can be booked online at  www.roperyhall.co.uk   by phone on 01652 660380 or in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery.

Parental discretion is advised for children under seven.

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