A Christmas Tale… a New Spin on the Nativity

The Shepherds have set up camp, the Angels have landed and the Kings are stuck in traffic…A Christmas Tale is not your usual Nativity play.

A Christmas Tale, set, not in Palestine 2,000 years ago, but in Derbyshire in 1978 during the dark days of the ‘Winter of Discontent’ and tells a tale of ordinary folk living through the extraordinary events of one Christmas Eve at the Star Hotel, Buxton.

This hilarious new festive farce is being produced by Jack Maple, a local boy who made headlines last year after becoming the West End’s youngest ever producer. Jack’s first experience of the Nativity was as a shepherd at Moulsford Prepartory School. A Christmas Tale was written, as a one-off performance, by Tony Stroker, Jack’s English teacher at the Oratory School, who wrote the play for a group of departing A Level Drama students as a thank you for their contribution to Drama at the school.

Jack said, “I am delighted to be bringing this brand new comedy to my home theatre, the Kenton for it’s World Premiere. Jack is joining forces with two school friends Alexander Knott, from Goring and Luke Frost from Wargrave, who reprise their roles in the show as Arthur and Phoebe Holmwood, the proprietors of the Star Hotel.

“Everyone knows the nativity story and it’s exciting to give it a new spin”

Since leaving The Oratory, Jack set up his own production company Jack Maple Productions (JMP) in February 2015 to produce new and exciting pieces of theatre in the West End and across the UK. Recent productions include; the European premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Working (Southwark Playhouse, nominated Off West End Award for Best Musical Production), the Olivier Award-winning revival of Show Boat (New London Theatre) and The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (Southwark Playhouse). As Associate Producer; The Boys In the Band starring Mark Gatiss (Park Theatre, National Tour & West End).

A Christmas Tale has two performances at the Kenton on Sunday 10 December at 3.00pm and 7.30pm.

Including an array of seasonal Christmas carols, this two-Act play features an ensemble of hilarious characters. A Christmas Tale promises to bring festive cheer to families of all ages!

Tickets. Adult £20, Senior £18, Friends/Keepers, Students £16, Child £14.
Family ticket: £50

To book go to https://www.kentontheatre.co.uk/


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