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What's it all about?
In London's triumphant year and the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth, Simon Callow returns to the West End stage in Dickens' biographer Peter Ackroyd's acclaimed play The Mystery of Charles Dickens.
In a celebration of some of London's finest storytellers, The Mystery of Charles Dickens features 49 of Dickens' best loved characters brought to life by one man in an exhilarating performance which echoes the recitals Charles Dickens himself once gave.
What's the story?
As Dickens' remarkable life unfurls on stage, you'll encounter some of Victorian England's most memorable and intriguing ladies and gentlemen. Witness love, hatred, comedy, passion and despair, in the company of one of the greatest writers of all time: the creator of The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, A Tale Of Two Cities and David Copperfield.
Who is The Mystery of Charles Dickens suitable for?
For anyone who's experienced Simon Callow's excellent one-man shows previously (Being Shakespeare, A Christmas Carol), this will be right up your alley. But the wider audience of Dickens fans too will enjoy this journey across his works by the very knowledgeable Callow.
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Did You Know?
Simon Callow is one of the UK’s best known stage and screen actors, as well as being an acclaimed author. Fresh from his role in one-man show Being Shakespeare at the Trafalgar Studios, he is now reprising the role he first essayed in 2000, as one of his heroes and abiding passions, Charles Dickens.
Callow’s long and personal relationship with Charles Dickens is hardly a secret. In the past he has said of the author: "When you find a writer that you love it's like finding a best friend. Dickens never ceases to delight me," and "From the moment he started to write, he spoke for the people, and the people loved him for it, as do I."
Callow has frequently appeared in stage and screen adaptations of Dickens’ works, including A Christmas Carol, in which he played Scrooge, and David Copperfield, in which he appeared as Mr Micawber.
He has often played Dickens himself, having donned Dickens' beard and frock coat in Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy-tale, the BBC’s An Audience With Charles Dickens, several episodes of Dr Who and the original West End and Broadway seasons of The Mystery of Charles Dickens.
In addition to playing these roles Callow has written two books about the author and his work: Dickens’ Christmas: A Victorian Celebration and Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World.
There will be a free post-show Q&A with Simon Callow on all Wednesday matinees between 26 September and 24 October inclusive.