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The Gospel of Matthew   By candlelight



During Lent (Wednesday 1st March - Friday 14th April 2017), The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight will be touring to churches in the South East. If you would like to see a performance in your church, please contact George Dillon. An up-to-date tour schedule can be found at the foot of this page.


George Dillon in The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight, photo:  George Dillon (Click to enlarge to 1796 x 2510 pixels = 793kb)Experience a stunning, virtuoso delivery of the greatest story ever told... as Jesus's followers first heard it... in a darkness illuminated purely by candlelight and the Word!!

Acclaimed by critics and audiences in theatres and churches throughout the UK, award-winning actor George Dillon presents an unforgettable vision of Jesus in his highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous solo staging of the first Gospel.

Short-listed for The Stage's 'Best Actor' Award in Edinburgh, Dillon’s epic, impassioned performance of his own translation portrays Jesus not as a meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but as a contemporary raging fighter for God.

“Mesmerising one-man show of sheer brilliance!”
The Argus

“Dillon brings out levels of meaning rarely heard in pulpits.”
Church of England News

“Has a visceral, biting, colloquial power that is quite stunning.”
The Stage

“The radical message has never sounded so revolutionary, straight-forward, obvious and utterly sensible!”
The Scotsman


Award-winning actor George Dillon presents an unforgettable vision of Jesus in his highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous performance of The Gospel of Matthew, staged either with sound and video (in theatres) or simply by candle-light (in churches).

"What Dillon has done is take the intense drama of the Gospel, maximised the emotional impact, pumped up the intensity and created a mesmerising one-man show of sheer brilliance!" The Argus

Inspired by an encounter with Bob Geldof at Euston Station and created in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Dillon’s powerful delivery of his own translation portrays Jesus not as a gentle, meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but as a contemporary raging fighter for God - an angry Jesus - a Christ who is angry at humanity but also human in his anger.

"Most unusually for contemporary drama on this theme, Dillon's Gospel of Matthew is wholly authentic to the biblical text. Dillon brings out levels of meaning in Matthew rarely heard in pulpits. His rendering of Jesus's righteous anger is simply shattering; his Lord's Prayer has an all-to-rare note of urgency." The Church of England News / Baptist Times

The Gospel of Matthew was traditionally considered the earliest account of the life and teachings of Jesus and was originally compiled soon after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. With religious and racial conflict still spreading from the Middle East, Matthew’s apocalyptic Gospel is as relevant, inspiring and terrifying today as when it was written.

"What overwhelms is the absolute relevance of these ancient stories to the contemporary scene. The simple clarity of the teaching of Jesus transcends specifics of time and place. The radical message of loving one’s enemies has never sounded so revolutionary, straightforward, obvious and utterly sensible." The Scotsman

Dillon’s version of The Gospel of Matthew is at times startling and challenging in its immediacy but also wholly authentic to the original scripture, and his performance of it has won praise from all sides of the faith divide. He was nominated for The Stage’s Best Actor Award for The Gospel of Matthew at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003. His performance was later filmed for Scottish TV and has won wide acclaim touring to theatres and churches throughout the UK.

"George Dillon’s epic, impassioned telling of Matthew's gospel has a visceral, biting, colloquial power that is at times quite stunning.  It is a blessed relief to have something religious on the fringe which is neither mindlessly evangelical nor trite about the subject." The Stage

Book early to be sure to experience an astonishing, virtuoso delivery of the greatest story ever told... as Jesus's followers first heard it... in a darkness illuminated purely by candlelight and the Word.

The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight in Colchester  The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight in Colchester
St Martin's, Colchester, 2010   St Martin's, Colchester, 2010
 
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight in Colchester  The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight in Colchester
Square Chapel, Halifax, 2011   St John the Baptist Church, Windsor, 2012
 
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight in Colchester  The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight in Colchester
St Matthew's United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2011   St Matthew's United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2011

 


George Dillon's Tour Dates

(as of Saturday, 25 March 2017)

Show              Date                     TOWN, Venue               

MARCH

The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight will be touring to churches in the South East during Lent 2017 (1st March - 14th April).
Tickets for all church performances are £10/(£5 concessions) and will be available on the door or in advance online via:
Book now
(booking fees apply)
Tickets may also be bought in advance by phone:
0333 666 3366
(booking fee and £1.50 telephone service fee applies)

Tickets will also available in person from most church offices.

If you would like to see a performance in YOUR church, please contact George Dillon.
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm, Saturday
25th March 2017
BORDON,
Phoenix Centre

01420 472664
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm Sunday
26th March 2017
LONDON,
St Mark's, Kennington
The Gospel of Matthew 7.30pm, Tuesday
28th March 2017
LEATHERHEAD,
Leatherhead Theatre

01372 365141
The Man Who Was Hamlet 7:30pm Wednesday
29th March 2017
NORWICH,
Maddermarket Theatre

01603 620917
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm Thursday
30th March 2017
LONDON,
St Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap

APRIL

The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm Saturday
1st April 2017
LONDON,
St Barnabas, Southfields
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm Sunday
2nd April 2017
LONDON,
St Silas, Pentonville
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7:30pm Saturday
8th April 2017
BRIGHTON,
All Saints, Hove
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7:30pm PALM SUNDAY
9th April 2017
LONDON,
St Barnabas, Ealing
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7:30pm Monday
10th April 2017
BRIGHTON,
St George's
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7:30pm Tuesday
11th April 2017
BRIGHTON,
St Luke's (Queen's Park)
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm Wednesday
12th April 2017
HENFIELD,
St Peter's
The Gospel of Matthew 7.30pm, Thursday
13th April 2017
SWANSEA,
Taliesin Arts Centre

01792 602060
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7:30pm GOOD FRIDAY
14th April 2017
BRIGHTON,
All Saints, Hove
 
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