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James and Jamesy return with O Christmas Tea

The holiday season is fast approaching and after nearly two full years away from the stage, beloved British comedy duo James and Jamesy are back with O Christmas Tea. Whether it’s with friends, family, loved ones or on your own, an evening spent in the theatre with James and Jamesy is sure to be an evening you will never forget.

“Complete and utter fun… for all ages,” says the CBC.

“I cannot think of a show that will leave you more profoundly happy than this,” raves Stage Door Toronto.

The shows will be held at Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney on November 20 at 3 pm and 7:30 pm; and at the Royal Theatre, December 19 at 3 pm and 7:30 pm.

O Christmas Tea is a rollicking holiday spectacular that’s ideal for fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean and Dr. Seuss. 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 stage.

“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,” explained Aaron Malkin (James).

The time away, due to pandemic restrictions on live entertainment, has reinforced the passion the duo has for its shows and the importance that humour plays in our lives.

“We are so excited to once again be able to bring friends and family together and, especially now, we are reminded to dream big, embrace imagination and celebrate a childlike excitement for merriment,” added Alastair Knowles (Jamesy). “There are definitely going to be some surprises for our regular audiences, with whom we’re thrilled to reconnect this season.”

O Christmas Tea 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 extraordinary 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, our duo must find innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat as they try to make their way back home.

Already a festive tradition for thousands of theatre-goers, this year the O Christmas Tea tour is brighter than ever, with dates across the Pacific Northwest, including five dates across Vancouver Island—Courtenay, Duncan, Nanaimo, Sidney and Victoria—offering both long-time fans and those new to the James and Jamesy experience a chance to enjoy the festive production.

Tickets ($19.50-$49.50) are available at or 250.386.6121.

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