"When the wolf sings, the forest dances."
~James Hyland, Artistic Director
Brother Wolf was established in 1998 by James Hyland and in the 24 years since has created award-winning productions which have been presented at some of the most prestigious venues in the UK such as The Royal Albert Hall, The Lyric and The Alban Arena. The company's manifesto was to produce cutting edge drama and comedy with the focus on original material and new adaptations of literary classics. Its first production was 'Dead Meat', a grotesque farce written by James Hyland. Opening to rave reviews this was quickly followed by the equally successful 'Play the Game', a dark lampoon, also written by James. Before long the company had moved into television and radio production, culminating in the underground hit 'The London Shadow Show', a sketch-based comedy series inspired by the penny gaffs of Victorian London. The core of the repertoire has always been to produce fresh and challenging productions. Three of its most long-running touring productions are 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)', 'Fagin's Last Hour', and 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'.
Following the box office success of several nationwide tours, 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)' and its creator, James Hyland, were honoured in 2012 with the award for Best Performer in Theatre (Fringe Report Awards 2012) and a nomination for The London Theatre Award (London Awards for Art and Performance 2012). John Park, Director of the Fringe Report Awards, said "The award celebrates the work of James Hyland, actor, and in particular his creation and delivery of 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)'. It reflects his fine work as an actor in film, TV, radio and theatre in a remarkable range of productions."
Further honours were bestowed by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace in recognition of Dickensian scholarship. By 2012, The Courier described the work of Brother Wolf as "truly astonishing... unforgettable theatre at its best." By 2014, 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)' had been officially rated as one of "the top Christmas shows in London, Edinburgh and around the UK" – High 50 Culture. Other awards include Best Male Act (Solo International Festival of One Man Shows 2013) for 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' and Top Off West End Production (CentreStage Stars of 2018) for 'Fagin's Last Hour' . Brother Wolf continues its legacy of five-star shows with its latest productions: 'A Lesson from Auschwitz', a powerful Holocaust drama written and directed by James Hyland in commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz,'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party', a ground-breaking stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland', returning to the stage in 2022, and 'Dracula's Guest', an all-new interpretation of Dracula based on the works of Bram Stoker which explores the consequences of collective evil and personal spite.