The Mystery of Charles Dickens - Playhouse Theatre

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Venue Information
Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Avenue
London
London
WC2N 5DE

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Directions

Directions
(2mins) Follow Embankment Place right under the bridge; turn right onto Northumberland Avenue and you’ll see the theatre.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars based on 3 review(s)

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The Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End will soon be the home of “The Mystery of Charles Dickens” and as a result audiences that pick up theatre tickets will have a new opportunity to witness the work of the acclaimed Simon Callow. He will be taking on a range of roles that were originally introduced by Dickens in his renowned pieces of literature and audiences get a glimpse into the life that Dickens led at the same time.

It appears during the year that audiences will be celebrating the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth and as a result it is one of many shows to appear in the capital this year that have Dickens’ stamp on them, with another in the form of “A Tale of Two Cities” that appeared at the Charing Cross Theatre earlier in the year.

“The Mystery of Charles Dickens” was penned by Peter Ackroyd and explores the man behind classic literary tales like “Oliver Twist”, “A Christmas Carol” and “A Tale of Two Cities”, among others, and whilst those stories have all made it to the stage in one form or another over the years, Peter Ackroyd’s exploration of the man himself surely stands out. It originally appeared at the dawn of the new millennium and with Callow in the lead role it attracted a great deal of attention.

This is likely to be repeated as Callow’s acclaim has not diminished over the years. The man was last seen in the West End when he brought “Being Shakespeare” to the Trafalgar Studios 1 in 2012 an prior to that he visited the work of Dickens in “A Christmas Carol” at the Arts Theatre in 2011/2012. Meanwhile, his other credits include “Waiting For Godot” at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and “Twelfth Night” at the National Theatre. But those that have not ventured to the theatre capital will also be familiar with his work thanks to the likes of “Four Weddings and Funeral”, “Shakespeare in Love” and “Doctor Who” where he also played Dickens in two episodes of the his sci-fi show.

“The Mystery of Charles Dickens” is at the Playhouse Theatre from Monday 17th September 2012 (previews from Thursday 13th September 2012) to Saturday 3rd November 2012.

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 13th September 2012
Booking Until: Saturday, 3rd November 2012
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Show Status: production_closed
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