Gospel of Matthew - a solo success

George Dillon as Jesus

George Dillon as Jesus

A one man performance of The Gospel of Matthew is proving to be a critical and box office success in theatres and churches around the country.

Since he first performed The Gospel of Matthew at the Brighton Festival in 2002, award-winning actor George Dillon's widely acclaimed, highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous portrayal of the angry apocalyptic Jesus of the first gospel has now been seen over 100 times in the UK.  He originally staged the show with video and music, but has recently been performing in churches by candlelight, as he did in the Pentecost Festival in London last year.

Short-listed for The Stage's 'Best Actor' Award in Edinburgh, Dillon’s epic, impassioned portrayal of Jesus not as a meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but as a contemporary raging fighter for God has not only been moving audiences but has also won the praise of the critics:

The Church of England News has declaring that "Dillon brings out levels of meaning rarely heard in pulpits." and it has been filmed for Scottish TV and featured on Songs of Praise and on the cover of Salvation Army newspaper The War Cry.

In March and April The Gospel of Matthew is touring in the UK, and tickets are already selling fast.  The candlelit evening performances on 25 & 26 March at Westacre Theatre have sold out and an extra matinee performance has been scheduled for Saturday 26.  Having previously sold out three times at studio of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, the show is now due to play the main house on 12 April, where nearly 200 tickets have already been sold, and more than 220 of the 349 tickets available have been sold or reserved for the show on 19th April at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.   

Other performances are in South Shields (23 March), Great Torrington (31 March), Bracknell (7 April), Halifax (14 April), Leeds (15 April), Chelmsford (20 April) and Sudbury (21 April), and later in the year, performances are pencilled for Soul in the City at St Mary's, Islington, London (31 May), the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London (3 July), the Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham (29 August) and at the Edinburgh Fringe.

For more details visit: www.georgedillon.com/theatre/the_gospel_of_matthew.shtml

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