O Christmas Tea: A show steeped with holiday hilarity

James and Jamesy

Attention, fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss: It’s time to grab your teacups and settle in for a warm mug of holiday hilarity with United Kingdom comedy legends James and Jamesy.

Not long from now, the duo will be bringing their wildly popular holiday classic O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy back to Bellingham for a Wed., Dec. 12 performance at the historic Mount Baker Theatre.

Combining British propriety with an unabashed love for the unexpected, London’s three-time Impresario Award-winning duo steeps an uproarious holiday theatrical comedy that delights thousands every holiday season.

Reminiscent of classic British pantos, O Christmas Tea is rich with wordplay, comic physicality and cleverly crafted interactive elements, yet it is James and Jamesy’s boundless imagination and endearing chemistry that provide the real magic of this play.

James and Jamesy have already won just about every comedy award they can, and the reason is obvious—these two are exceptionally talented. Stepping away from their Off-Broadway debut in New York City, the duo will perform 19 shows across Washington and Western Canada this December. If you’re smart, you’ll leap to get tickets.

“The Christmas season is the time of year when we are encouraged to dream big, embrace imagination, and celebrate childlike excitement for magic and merriment,” Alastair Knowles (Jamesy) says.

“Years ago, while attending a workshop on improvisational comedy, I heard the quote ‘People tend think of children as immature adults. I think of adults as atrophied children,’” Aaron Malkin (James) recounts. “With O Christmas Tea we create a theatrical environment that coaxes out and cultivates the spirit of play in our audiences.”

“In O Christmas Tea, Jamesy’s wish for tea is granted, but with catastrophic and uproarious repercussions,” Knowles says. “As tea fills my flat, then bursts through the fourth wall to flood the world, our performance spills from the stage into the audience. Classic aquatic narratives like Jaws, Noah’s ark, and the Titanic are all steeped together and thematically wrapped up in the Christmas spirit.”

Reviewers agree that Knowles and Markin have created something special. Stage Door Toronto deemed the production “magical” and noted that the “audience transformed into a playhouse of children. While London Free Press wrote it was an “extraordinarily funny and courageous show.”

Describing any part of this production does the art a disservice, as it truly must be seen to be understood. The script is astonishing, and these two titans of the international comedy circuit present one of the tightest pieces of theater you’ll ever see. If you want to get steeped in holiday hilarity, now’s the time.

WHAT: O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy
WHEN: 7:30pm Wed., Dec. 12
WHERE: Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
COST: $29.50-$39.25

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