Tuesday, 17 Dec
Tue 17 Dec - Sat 21 Dec
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Venue York Medical Society - 23 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AW, York Medical Society
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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 has also performed all five of the Christmas Books at London’s Charles Dickens Museum (‘extraordinary … superb … it couldn’t have been more vivid!’ – Miriam Margolyes). James won Outstanding Performing Artist in the 2018 York Culture Awards, and his previous season of Dickens at York Medical Society enjoyed sell-out success.
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.
17, 19, 21 December – A Christmas Carol
18 December – The Chimes
20 December – The Haunted Man
‘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