West End actor James Hyland returns to Ropery Hall with the Magic Circle

Just months after the world premiere of Magic Circle was staged in Harrogate, Ropery Hall favourite James Hyland returns to Barton upon Humber with his theatre company, Brother Wolf.

West End actor James is no stranger to Ropery Hall and in this performance he plays alongside Michael Shon who performed with James last year at the Maltkiln Road venue in A Lesson from Auschwitz.

“This is the first play by renowned novelist Kim Newman, the author of the critically acclaimed Anno Dracula and ever-popular Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles,” Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk revealed.

“For those of you who aren’t in the know (like me) Magic Circle is a circle marked out in chalk, salt or it can just be visualised. It’s thought to contain energy and used to provide a form of magical protection or to mark a sacred space. But to enjoy this play, you don’t need to be a magic theorist,” she promised.

Magic Circle is a sinister two-handed mystery play set in 1970 when faddish mysticism becomes something more dangerous. Trendy Professor Harry Cutley, meets straight-laced Inspector Nicholas Gammell, in a manor house where a series of mysterious deaths occurred. Together can this unlikely duo find out what happened?

This collaborative production with Harrogate Theatre is Brother Wolf’s 10th show, previous shows to visit Ropery Hall include A Christmas Carol – As told by Jacob Marley (deceased), Fagin’s Last Hour, A Lesson from Auschwitz and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (to mention a few).

James Hyland, who also produces the show, added:  “I’m delighted to be collaborating again with Harrogate Theatre to bring Kim Newman’s first full length dramatic work to the stage. Phil Lowe is an exemplary director of the first class, and I am certain that he and the rest of my team at Brother Wolf will bring out the very best in this thrilling mystery tale.”

James made his professional acting debut in The North Pole, winning the Guardian International Student Drama Award in 1996. Since then he has appeared in more than 60 productions, while Michael Shon has previously worked with Brother Wolf on the historical drama A Lesson from Auschwitz as well as working alongside James Hyland in the dystopian short film Transmission by Parallel Madness, currently appearing at select film festivals.

Magic Circle is being performed at Ropery Hall on Saturday, September 16, starting at 7.30pm.  Tickets, costing £13 in advance or £15 on the door can be purchased through the website www.roperyhall.co.uk

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