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Harry Potter star returns to Belfast for Ulster Hall Christmas gala

Award-winning Belfast actor Anthony Boyle, who has enjoyed huge success on the West End stage in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will perform at a Christmas gala concert at the Ulster Hall this weekend.

He will perform a number of festive readings at the Christmas in the City Gala Concert on Sunday, December 10.

Anthony recently won a prestigious Olivier Award for his role as Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius in the play which will begin a run on Broadway in New York next year.

The actor is one of a host of special guests from Northern Ireland who have been invited back home for the one-off event, which helps raise thousands of pounds for charity. 

Fra Fee from Dungannon, who also directs the concert, is currently performing in Jez Butterworth’s epic new play The Ferryman; Adam Dougal has just finished playing the title role in Bruiser’s anniversary production of Adrian Mole, and Niamh Perry from Bangor has just finished playing the lead role of Girl in the multi award-winning musical, Once at the Olympia Theatre. 

They are joined by renowned Armagh flautist Eimear McGeown who has performed as featured soloist across America and Europe; celebrated soprano Aoife Miskelly and esteemed baritone, Karl McGuckin. 

Internationally acclaimed composer and theatre-maker Conor Mitchell is musical supervisor.

Siblings Fra Fee and Claire Murray will direct Christmas in the City gala concert at the Ulster Hall on Sunday 10th December.jpg
Siblings Fra Fee and Claire Murray will direct Christmas in the City gala concert at the Ulster Hall on Sunday, December 10.

The Christmas in the City stage will also see young singers and musicians perform alongside these West End professionals, including Schola Cantorum, the Ulster Youth Orchestra and McMaster Stage School, as well as guest singer and West end star, Laura Tebbutt.

Last year this festive evening of Christmas music and readings raised a record £10,000 for local charities. 

This year, Christmas in the City hopes to be able to raise the same for their chosen charities, The Cancer Fund for Children, the Atlantic Youth Trust and Pieta House.

Claire Murray from Blunt Fringe Productions who are responsible for producing the concert says: “We are so proud to be involved with this concert, which is fast becoming an important event in the city’s Christmas calendar.

"Not only is it a truly magical evening of world-class performances, but due to the support of our sponsors including Arup, Farrans and Graham, all proceeds from the ticket sales go directly to making a real difference for our charities”.

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