It’s a “Dark Christmas” tonight at the Royal British Legion

Time travel, mystery, romance, music, comedy, drama – and free mulled wine – are the ingredients for this evening’s performance of Dark Christmas at the Royal British Legion in West Jesmond.

Produced by Mystery Hour Presents, Dark Christmas is a play with a World War One centenary theme and a ghost in its Christmas Carol-influenced story. The play delineates varied themes of war, tragedy, love and loss with the help of strobe effects.

All profits from the play are being donated to the Legion and the actors have volunteered their time and talents. “It’s a cleverly written play that has a much bigger potential in the future,” said Hildy Harland, one of the actors taking part. Another actor, Anna Wraith, added: “The audience will be swept away by this dark comedy that will compel them to laugh and cry.”

It’s a first play by director Julian Kilburn, a doctor who lives in Jesmond. “If people don’t like the play, I will personally return their money,” he told JesmondLocal.

Readers of JesmondLocal can receive a discount of £5 by using the promotional code “JESLOCAL” via the website

The Dark Christmas cast


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  1. Jules says:

    Thanks to the packed-out house of 62 people that came to Jesmond Legion last night to immerse themselves in a ‘Dark Christmas’ ghost story for the WW1 Centenary.
    We self-funded the production. Although we could not get the support of the big 3 supermarkets in West Jesmond – Tesco, Sainsbury and Waitrose, lots of local businesses and the Acorn Road shops helped us with promo and local business Richard Granger Wine Merchant contributed our local mulled wine Christmas gift to our audience for the post-show gathering in the Lounge bar.
    So many thanks to all who supported the cause and the community, especially Manager Joanne for use of her fabulous function room which we converted to a pop-up fringe theatre for the night.

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