|Booking From:||Thursday, 13th September 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 3rd November 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this performance. Simon Callow switched characters in a moment, apparently effortlessly. He intermixed Dickens life with his characters so well that at times we weren't sure the difference between the author and his characters. As Simon Callow pointed out, perhaps that was what Dickens wanted. I would highly recommend going to one of the remaining performances
Not super! It was SUPERB! Simon Callow gave it his all, and his all is stunningly brilliant, excellent, powerful and thrilling; this is what I picked up from the audience, not just from my own view (I do admire Dickens legacy and am deeply involved, so am somewhat biased). Peter Ackroyd's book was deeply researched and excellently written, so there is not much new in terms of detail, but what there is- is the vehicle for Simon Callow to to present Dickens in the way we know he was- the brilliantly inspired genius, haunted and twisted by fears, anxieties and even terror, spurred on by international fame and success in literature, reform and acting, sadly weakened by poor health, depression and failure in marriage and frustration with his children. Simon takes us through all this, and at a fierce fast pace- he presents so many different characters with the same, passionate expertise that Dickens used to hold his audience spellbound- he holds us in the palm of his hand, having the same eye contact with the audience that Dickens had. We may never see a better imitation of the great man's legendary stage presence than Maestro Simon presents- if you want to learn more about the mystery which is Dickens, go forth and learn about it.
Simon Callow is a great actor and its enjoyable to watch him on stage. I would say there are some fun stories about Dickens were Callow really shines, but at other times I was left confused and distracted. I think it would be nice to have some rear projections to help tell the story. It also feels like a a 50min show stretched out to 2h. But in the end If you know and like Charles Dickens go and have a educated evening.
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