Marley was dead... to begin with

editorial image

AWARD-winning actor, writer and producer James Hyland takes to the stage for the third consecutive year in his ground-breaking and acclaimed one man show A Christmas Carol – As Told By Jacob Marley (Deceased).

Based on the novella by Charles Dickens this production portrays the classic tale from the perspective of Scrooge’s deceased business partner, Jacob Marley.

Marley is not only dead but also condemned to an eternity of carrying a heavy chain, forged in life – a life to which he can no longer return except to recount the tale of his miserly business partner Ebenezer Scrooge and the path that led to his redemption.

Through Marley’s words we learn how three magical spirits opened Scrooge’s eyes and made him realise the true value of love and forgiveness.

The York Press described the production as ‘chilling, humorous, surprising… powerful theatre indeed’. And The Stage thought James was ‘an accomplished performer… children will be enthralled’.

James Hyland began his career by winning the Guardian International Student Drama Award at the Edinburgh Festival before going on to perform with theatre groups like the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as winning four more awards for his performances on stage and screen.

Under the mantle of his production company Brother Wolf, James has written, produced and acted in several projects that have gained universal acclaim, including another Dickens’ adaptation, Hard Times.

Other roles have earned him praise too – his comedy role as a rock star in a Persil Colour commercial became one of the longest running ads in European history, a cult hit that ultimately spawned a sequel.

James can also be seen in Brit award-winning Tinie Tempah’s new music video Disappoint You.

Brother Wolf presents A Christmas Carol – As Told By Jacob Marley (Deceased) at the Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead on Friday, December 16 at 8pm.

Call the box office on 01442 228091 for tickets or go to