A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Promotional Picture

Sold Out

Dickens’ mystical Christmas fable brought to life – a perfect Christmas treat!

Monday 10 December : 7.30pm

Tuesday 11 December : 7.30pm

2018 Archive

Dickens’ mystical Christmas fable brought to life – a perfect Christmas treat!

Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson, veteran of many smash hit solo works such as Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm and Shylock, now brings us Dickens’ classic festive fable. Famed for bringing multiple characters to vivid life, Masterson recreates Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs, Tiny Tim et al in an enchanting performance that will dazzle and linger long in the memory. Guaranteed to get you into the Christmas Spirit – in many more ways than one!

Performed by Guy Masterson. From the text by Charles Dickens.
Adapted & Directed by Nick Hennegan. Original Music by Robb Williams.

I’m ashamed to say that over 50 years of life, I had not seen or read Dickens’ classic Christmas Carol in any of its forms – including the Muppets!… and then, in 2016, Nick Hennegan of Maverick Theatre Company asked me to read it in front of 180 guests at the newly restored Fitzrovia Chapel in London and I was entirely enchanted – as they were. So I decided to commit it to memory and offer it as a new show in my particular physical storytelling style – playing all the characters myself!It really is a great story and, in our commercial, consumeristic society, a timeless reminder of what Christmas is really about. I am thrilled at the prospect of many a great festive night sharing this classic fable with audiences or all guises and ages!
Guy Masterson

Guy Masterson in Christmas Hat Picture

Guy Masterson is a British actor, director, producer & writer. He was educated at Christ’s Hospital School and then Cardiff University where he graduated BSc Joint Honours in Biochemistry & Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude). He then studied drama at UCLA before starting an acting career in Hollywood in 1985. Guy returned to the UK in 1989 to study further at LAMDA, after which, he formed his own theatre company, Guy Masterson Productions, in 1991.

Guy began solo performing in 1991 with ‘The Boy’s Own Story’ which toured for two years and led, in 1993, to a 9 month stint in the West End with ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ starring Robert Lindsay & Julian Glover at the Theatre Royal Haymarket playing Bellerose. During this engagement, he learned the entire text of Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Milk Wood’ which he then opened as a solo show at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in Febuary 1994 to huge acclaim. His first Edinburgh Fringe the subsequent August was a complete sell-out. He followed this, in 1995, with a solo adapataion of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ again at the Traverse and then the Edinburgh Fringe, the success of which launched Guy’s international career and lured him away from mainstream work. The following 22 seasons at the Edinburgh Festival saw his association with some of Edinburgh’s most celebrated hits as either actor, director or producer.

As an actor, he was first nominated for Edinburgh’s top acting award; The Stage Award for Best Actor for ‘A Soldier’s Song’ in 1998, and then won the award with his 4th solo piece, ‘Fern Hill & Other Dylan Thomas’ in 2001. He was nominated again for ‘Under Milk Wood’ in 2003 and, in 2011, he received his latest nomination for The Stage Best Solo Performance for ‘Shylock’. In 2003, he also received the Edinburgh’s most prestigious accolade, The Jack Tinker ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ Award.

His list of theatre credits over 30 years is too extensive to be listed here, however, highlights include Juror 4 in ’12 Angry Men’, both Hamlet and Claudius in ‘Hamlet’ (different productions!), Iago in ‘Othello’, Mercutio in ‘Romeo & Juliet’, Henry V, Oscar in ‘The Odd Couple’, Mick in ‘The Caretaker’ and Dame Dotty La Douche in ‘Beauty & The Beast’. In 2016, he entered the stand-up comedy world with “Love & Canine Integration’ which was subsequently retitled ‘Barking Mad’.

His producorial and directorial commitments have largely kept Guy away from the mainstream but film and TV acting remains his passion. Footage of him can still be found online as a Welsh thug in ‘Casualty’ (2005 Christmas Special), the Fire Chief in ‘Dirty War’ (2005) and as Peter Sutcliffe’s agent in Chris Morris’ infamously banned episode of ‘Brass Eye’. He is also well known in Germany and Austria since 2007 as the famous quizzical, beer swilling Franziskaner Monk!