'THE MAD HATTER'S TEA PARTY' DEBUTS AT KETTERING ARTS CENTRE
'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party' received its premiere at Kettering Arts Centre with an audience of more than 200 hundred children who roared their approval throughout its 60 minute runtime. Adapted, produced and directed by James Hyland, this one-of-a-kind show explores Lewis Carroll's inimitable world of Wonderland from the point of view of two of its most iconic characters: The Hatter and the March Hare. Fantastical and utterly bonkers, 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party' is both groundbreaking and surprising in equal measure.
WONDERLAND COSTUMES TO BE DESIGNED AND MADE BY A CHILD OF THE JAGO
As Artistic Director and Founder of Brother Wolf, James Hyland is very excited to announce his collaboration with A Child Of The Jago. They will design and make the unique and completely original costumes for James's latest theatre production, 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party'. Since their inception in 2008, A Child Of The Jago has continued to champion, create and produce small runs of fine quality clothing whilst maintaining an environmentally conscious approach. Inspired by infamous historical figures like Jack Sheppard and Joan of Arc rather than throwaway trends, they remain one of the original anti-brands.
THE MULTI AWARD-WINNING 'TRANSMISSION' IS NOW ONLINE!
Following ninety official festival selections worldwide and twelve industry awards, 'Transmission' is now up online on Vimeo! For his lead role as Dr Sam, James has been nominated for Best Actor at Torino Underground Cinefest 2018, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2017 and Fisheye Film Festival 2017. You can watch 'Transmission' here.
READ JAMES'S LATEST INTERVIEW FOR CENTRE STAGE
James gives his very latest interview for Centre Stage. Read it here.
CAPTAIN OF THE TITANIC IN THE GROUNDBREAKING COMMERCIAL FOR THREE MOBILE
James portrays the Captain of the Titanic in the all new commercial for Three, directed by award-winning director Ian Pons Jewell. The groundbreaking ad has already received over a million views on YouTube and is being described as "the best ad ever". Watch it here.
'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
James Hyland's award-winning one-man show 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)' has recently completed its 10th consecutive tour of the UK, selling out numerous venues across the UK including The Royal Albert Hall and Stafford Gatehouse.
3 BEST ACTOR NOMINATIONS FOR 'TRANSMISSION' & 12 AWARDS FOR BEST FILM
The new short film 'Transmission' in which James plays the lead role of Dr. Sam has debuted to worldwide critical acclaim, winning the Special Jury Award for Science Fiction at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival 2018, Best Sc-Fi Short Film at the Lucid Dream Fantastic Film Festival 2018, Best Short Film at the Fast Anchor Film Festival 2018, International Winner at the World Cinema Film Festival 2018, Best Sc-Fi Horror at the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival 2018, Best Local Film at the Drunken Film Fest 2017, Best Short at The East Coast Film Festival 2017, Special Mention at The Winchester Short Film Festival 2017 and Special Mention at The Feratum International Fantastic Festival 2017. Set in the future state of Britannia, a political prisoner finds himself violently oscillating between death and delirium, whilst precariously tethered to a noose by his tormentor and only friend, Dr. Sam. Currently playing at 80+ festivals worldwide, James's performance has been reviewed by Andrew Mack of Screen Anarchy as "the key to this short film’s success... it is Hyland who really sells it. Enigmatic and maniacal, he lures you into comfort and just as quickly kicks the chair out from underneath you... anchored by a superb performance from James Hyland, 'Transmission' brings classic dystopian cinema to the modern era." Most recently, James has been nominated for Best Actor at the Fisheye Film Festival 2017, The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2017 and The Torino Underground Cinfest 2018. The groundbreaking film has won twelve industry awards to date.
'A LESSON FROM AUSCHWITZ' RAISES £2032 FOR CHARITABLE CAUSES
To date, James's commemorative production of 'A Lesson from Auschwitz' has raised £2032 for charitable causes. Described by Plays To See as "magnificent... the most powerful refutation there could be of Holocaust denial... a majestic statement of the power of theatre", the ground-breaking historical drama returns to the stage on 7th May 2019.
Tour dates and ticket info here.
'THE SOUND' CONTINUES ITS SUCCESSFUL RUN OF THE WORLDWIDE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT
The new short film 'The Sound', in which James appears opposite Joesph Mawle ('Game of Thrones'), continues its run of the festival circuit with a current total of four nominations for Best Short Film. The film, which follows a young girl desperate to find the source of the haunting sound plaguing her mother, was produced by Noel Clarke's Unstoppable Entertainment in partnership with Brunel University London.
READ JAMES'S LATEST INTERVIEW FOR THE STAGE NEWSPAPER
James offers his tips for adapting a classic novel for the stage, based on his experiences with Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol', in the latest edition of The Stage. Read it here.
'FAGIN'S LAST HOUR' RECIEVES ITS 27TH EXCELLENT REVIEW
James's 5-star rated one-man show, 'Fagin's Last Hour' has received its twenty-seventh excellent review. Described as "an amazing and engaging retelling of Oliver Twist" (Biggin Hill News), the general public have also been unanimous in their praise, reviewing the show as "the finest performance that myself and my husband have ever had the pleasure to witness. Incredible!" (Linzi Lee) and "One of the best shows I've ever seen." (Collywog). Officially Recognized by Her Majesty The Queen for its part in Dickensian scholarship, 'Fagin's Last Hour' has proven itself a classic: "truly astonishing... unforgettable theatre at its best." (The Courier). It will begin its 9th UK tour this year.
'CHRISTMAS CAROL' - RATED AS ONE OF "THE TOP CHRISTMAS SHOWS AROUND THE UK"
Along with the award for Best Performer in Theatre (Fringe Report Awards 2012) and Official Recognition from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II received at Buckingham Palace, 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)' has been rated as one of the top Christmas shows in London and around the UK (High 50 Culture). Described by The Manx Independent as "a forcefully compelling masterpiece", the five-star rated one-man show has been classified as the "definitive telling of A Christmas Carol" (Redditch Standard) and continues to entertain and entrall audiences across the UK on its tenth consecutive tour.
SONY'S NEW ACTION-PACKED PROMO BLASTS ON TO THE SMALL SCREEN
Bearded guy (James) + CGI + Green Screen + One Continuous Take + Stunts = The fantastic action-packed promo for Sony's 'Movies 4 Men' channel. Watch the promo here.
CHARITY PREMIERE OF 'THE ACCOUNTMENT OF LUKE' OPENS TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM
Presented for the very first time in public, this unique depiction of the last days of Jesus has received a terrific response from its audience: "you can't help but engage all your senses and imagination... It becomes a real, lived experience and transports you back in time... I have never been to a play or reading that ends with such a sense of 'shared experience'" (Sarita Plowman), "The story was captivating and brought the last days of Jesus to life in a truly compelling and endearing way... A truly unforgettable experience." (Gabrielle Boyle) The production will return on Friday 19th April, 7.30pm, at Kettering Arts Centre.
NOW ON YOUTUBE - HYLAND'S LEAD PERFORMANCE IN KASKADE'S 'A LITTLE MORE'
Shot entirely on location in Iceland, the new music video for Grammy nominated Kaskade's collaboration with John Dahlbäck featuring Sansa, 'A Little More' is now live on YouTube. James plays the role of a lone but optimistic vacationer who mistakes Iceland for Hawaii. Reviewed as "upbeat and funny... a treat to the eyes and the ears" (Bangin Beats), "You’ll laugh your way from start to finish" (edmtunes.com). "Kaskade's new music video for his track 'A Little More' will remind you to always see the silver linings in life" (BroBible).
'STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE' RECEIVES 19 EXEMPLARY REVIEWS
"Hyland is a genius. He has to be... extraordinary" ★★★★★ (Everything Theatre)
"the outstandingly talented James Hyland" ★★★★★ (What's On Stage)
"outstanding and original... extremely impressive" ★★★★★ (What's Peen Seen)
"A fantastic actor... Go and see it wherever you can." ★★★★★ (Stafford Radio)
"Hyland triumphs... an enthralling performer." (Harrogate Advertiser)
"absolutely superb... Hyland is magnificent" (Loitering In the Theatre)
"powerful, intense, spellbinding and disturbing" (The Yorkshire Times)
"magnificently intense, riveting theatre from one man" (The York Press)
"gripping... terrifying... commanding performance" (The Public Reviews)
"astounding, faultless... do go and see this masterpiece" (Sue's Musings)
"chilling... impressive... Remarkable... nerve-jangling" (The Morning Star)
"worth seeing for his performance alone... a superb actor." (Frost Magazine)
"unmissable theatre for lovers of thrilling storytelling." (Behind The Footlights)
"breathtaking... incredible... a perfect piece of theatre." (Theatrical Eastbourne)
"Sophisticated and sharp... not a production to be missed." (A Younger Theatre)
"Hyland's thrilling solo drama... a veritable tour-de-force" (UK Theatre Network)
"Hyland’s performance is to be highly commended... exhilarating" (Plays To See)
"He had the audience spellbound... a master of the one-man shows" (Llanelli Star)
"This award-winning actor never fails to amaze... genius." (Sheerness Times Guardian)
THE NEW PATRON OF SHEPPEY THEATRE
Sheppey Entertainment Association has appointed James as Patron of Sheppey Theatre.
"ONE OF THE BEST SHORT FILMS... EVER MADE"
James's award-winning performance as a corrupt cop in Tinie Tempah’s 'Disappoint You' continues to gain further accolades. Described by UK Hip Hop & Grime as "a NEXT LEVEL music video!!... one of the best short films, not to mention best music videos, ever made", this revolutionary film has gone on to achieve a rising cult status amongst its many fans.