Mon 17 Dec - Fri 21 Dec
Running Time: 1 hour
Venue: York Medical Society
Ticket Information: £12 - please note that only one tale is performed per night, see the schedule on the page to ensure correct booking
Age Recommendations: 8+
Producer: Bottled Lightning
Writer: Charles Dickens
Directed by: James Swanton
Shutter up the windows, dim the candles, and settle by the fire for a Christmas ghost story, told by no less a master than Charles Dickens.
Here are three of Dickens’ Christmas ghost stories: not only A Christmas Carol, but The Chimes and The Haunted Man. Their words unlock a world teeming with goblin-infested bells – with dark and shadowy doubles – with Ghosts of Christmases Past and Present and Yet To Come. These tales chill the marrow and tickle the funny bone, but always they enchant, as only the works of a master storyteller can.
The ghost stories are performed by James Swanton, who took Dickens to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios in the acclaimed Sikes & Nancy (‘fantastical... remarkable... startling and enthralling’ – Simon Callow) and last year performed all five of the Christmas Books at the Charles Dickens Museum (‘extraordinary... superb... it couldn’t have been more vivid!’ – Miriam Margolyes). James was also Lucifer in this year’s twilight edition of the York Mystery Plays, for which he was nominated for Outstanding Performing Artist in the York Culture Awards.
This promises to be a seasonal treat like no other. For these ghost stories are the very spirit of Christmas: enchanting, exuberant, and ultimately redemptive.
Please note, one tale is told per show. See below for the schedule to ensure booking the correct show:
Monday 17 December: A Christmas Carol
Tuesday 18 December: The Chimes
Wednesday 19 December: A Christmas Carol
Thursday 20 December: The Haunted Man
Friday 21 December: A Christmas Carol
Praise for James Swanton’s Sikes & Nancy:
"An incredible presence on stage... This is storytelling at its finest, no post-modern irony or knowing asides needed." – The Big Issue
"Highly engaging … Very affecting … Shines a light on how audiences would have originally enjoyed Dickens’ work … I was captivated throughout, and blown away by Swanton’s unwavering performance." – Huffington Post
"If you want a masterclass in one-man theatre, there’s no finer place to be." – London City Nights