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O Christmas Tea: Holiday magic with James & Jamesy

James and Jamesy

http://www.jamesandjamesy.com

Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss, grab your teacups!

Buckle your theater seats and grab your teacups, because British comedians James & Jamesy are bringing their unique brand of hilarity back to Bellingham this holiday season.

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

James & Jamesy—longtime creative collaborators Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles—have already won just about every comedy award they can, and the reason is obvious: These two are exceptional performers. Stepping away from their Off-Broadway debut in New York, the duo, who have sold more than 800,000 tickets since their 2012 debut, will perform only one show in Bellingham—on Wed., Dec. 11 at the Mount Baker Theatre—so it will be wise to leap into action to secure your 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,” says Knowles—who plays Jamesy, the quirky half of London’s three-time Impresario Award-winning duo.

Juxtaposing British propriety with an unabashed love for the absurd, O Christmas Tea casts away the conventions of theater and joyously breaks the fourth wall. In fact, just about the only thing these two don’t break is their tea set in this wonderful evening of play and whimsy.

“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.”

Hailed as a “child’s imagination on steroids” by London Free Press and a “masterpiece of physical comedy” by Theatre In London, critics rave about James & Jamesy. Known to be a must-see performance on the international comedy circuit, the unstoppable duo, regarded as “one of the most popular fringe duos ever” (CBC), has been named Best of Fest (Orlando, Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa), Most Outstanding Show (London), Best Comedy (Victoria), Patrons’ Pick (London), among many other accolades.

Describing any part of this show does the art a disservice, as it must be seen to be fully understood. Go see it! The script is absolutely astonishing and these two titans of the international comedy circuit present one of the tightest pieces of theater you’ll ever see.

What: James & Jamesy present O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy
WHEN: 7:30pm Wed., Dec. 11
WHERE: Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
COST: Tickets are $29.50-$34.50
INFO: http://www.jamesandjamesy.com or www.mountbakertheatre.com

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