'MAGIC CIRCLE' OPENS TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM
Following previews at Harrogate Theatre in July and the West End premiere at The Hospital Club in August, 'Magic Circle' has received five-star reviews from press and audiences alike. Written for the stage by multi-award-winning novelist Kim Newman, James Hyland plays the lead role of Inspector Nicholas Gammell, a rational detective with an unsolved case on his books and a suspect in his sights - a suspect who patiently sits within a protective magic circle. Reviewed by UK Theatre Network as "some of the best acting I’ve seen on stage... a truly epic performance", 'Magic Circle' continues its UK tour throughout 2017.
'TRANSMISSION' DEBUTS TO AWARD-WINNING ACCLAIM
The new short film 'Transmission' in which James plays the lead role of Dr. Sam has debuted to critical acclaim, winning Best Local Film at the Drunken Film Fest 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 The Fantasia International Film Festival and Worldcon 75 (the 75th World Science Fiction Convention), 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."
'THE SOUND' IS OFFICIALLY SELECTED FOR THE HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
The new short film 'The Sound', in which James appears opposite Joesph Mawle ('Game of Thrones'), has been selected from among thousands of entries to The HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood and will be screened alongside competition from major names, including actor and film-maker Matthew Modine ('Full Metal Jacket'). If it impresses judges enough to win, 'The Sound' could be sent to the Academy Awards for Oscar consideration in the Best Short Film category. The film, which follows a young girl desperate to find the source of the haunting sound plaguing her mother, screens at the world famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday 13th August at 7.30pm. 'The Sound' 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 24TH EXCELLENT REVIEW
James Hyland's 5-star rated one-man show,'Fagin's Last Hour' has received its twenty-fifth 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, 'Fagin's Last Hour' has proven itself a classic: "truly astonishing... unforgettable theatre at its best." (The Courier)
'A LESSON FROM AUSCHWITZ' RAISES £1565 FOR CHARITABLE CAUSES
To date, James's commemorative production of 'A Lesson from Auschwitz' has raised £1565 for charity. Described by London Theatre 1 as "superb... totally believable... it's important that plays like this are seen by as many people as possible", the historical drama will return to the stage in January 2017. For more information, please visit the official website here.
'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 in its eighth consecutive year.
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.
TWO BRITISH FEATURE FILMS NOMINATED FOR "BEST FILM"
James is currently appearing in the acclaimed feature films 'We Are Monster' (nominated for The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh Festival, 2014) and 'The Cake Maker' (nominated for Best Festival Film at The Birmingham Black International Film Festival, 2014) in which James plays the lead role of a gangster. 'We Are Monster' was released in cinemas on 1st May 2015. Watch the trailer here.
CHARITY PREMIERE OF 'THE ACCOUNTMENT OF LUKE' OPENS TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM
Under the mantle of his award-winning production company, Brother Wolf, James Hyland staged an Easter reading of 'The Accountment of Luke', a new portrayal of the last days of Jesus. Presented for the very first time in public, this unique depiction received a terrific response from its audience members: "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 next year for one night only. Details can be found here.
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 18 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)
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.