British comedy duo James and Jamesy are back in the eastern Fraser Valley with the holiday production O Christmas Tea.
The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Abbotsford Arts Centre (2329 Crescent Way), at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Chilliwack Cultural Centre (9201 Corbould St.), and at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 at Clarke Theatre in Mission (33700 Prentis Ave.).
O Christmas Tea is a rollicking holiday spectacular that’s ideal for fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean and Dr. Seuss.
The production is rich with wordplay, comic physicality, and cleverly crafted interactive elements reminiscent of classic British pantomimes. However, it is James and Jamesy’s boundless imagination and endearing chemistry that creates the magic of this unique festive experience.
During the action-packed production, a Christmas wish for tea is surprisingly fulfilled in titanic proportions. As the world floods with tea, the duo must find innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat as they try to make their way back home.
James and Jamesy have delighted audiences for decades with their unique take on traditional British comedy, and they’re excited to make their eagerly awaited return to the stages.
“After 20 months away from the stage, we are beside ourselves – both literally and metaphorically – to be reunited with our audiences, many of whom have become like extended family over the festive season, and to again feel the buzz that only the magic of live theatre can bring,” said Aaron Malkin (James), the taller, less-hirsute half of the award-winning duo.
The time away, due to pandemic restrictions on live entertainment, has reinforced not only the passion the duo has for their shows, but also the importance that humour plays in our lives.
“We are so excited to once again be able to bring friends and family together, especially now. More than ever, we are reminded to dream big, embrace imagination, and celebrate a childlike excitement for merriment,” said Alastair Knowles (Jamesy), the eccentric half of the award-winning duo. “There are definitely going to be some surprises for our regular audiences, with whom we’re thrilled to reconnect this season.”
Tickets range from $19 to $44 and are available at jamesandjamesy.com or by phoning the box office at each venue.