Prepare to be transported to Christmases past with three ghostly Dickensian tales.
York actor James Swanton will bring the spirit of Charles Dickens to life with Ghost Stories for Christmas – a one man performance of the classics A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Haunted Man.
It will play at York Medical Society from 2 to 13 December before transferring to the Charles Dickens Museum in London for the run-up to Christmas.
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“I’m delighted to finally be getting back to live theatre in my home city of York,” said James.
“It’s hard to imagine a more authentically Dickensian location than the York Medical Society on Stonegate.
“I’ve this year scheduled extra performances of A Christmas Carol – the perfect cheering antidote, I feel, to the misery we’ve all been through over the past few years.”
The two lesser-known stories are also worth catching though, with The Chimes being ‘absolutely hilarious’ and The Haunted Man a ‘chilling supernatural tale’.
As well as winning Outstanding Performing Artist in the York Culture Awards in 2018, James has also received high praise for his Dickensian theatre from some great British actors.
Simon Callow described James’s West End show Sikes & Nancy as ‘startling and enthralling’ and Miriam Margolyes called his performances at the Charles Dickens Museum ‘extraordinary’ and ‘superb’.
A Christmas Carol will be performed on 2, 3, 6, 7 and 13 December; The Haunted Man is 4 December; The Chimes is 9 December.
All performances start at 7pm and last approximately one hour. Tickets start at £7 and can be booked via the York Theatre Royal website.
Seating capacity has been reduced to help keep everyone safe – so book sooner rather than later!
“After going through such difficulties over the last few years, I look forward to gathering people together for an hour of truly heart-warming storytelling,” said James.