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Simon Callow in The Mystery Of Charles Dickens at the Playhouse Theatre

Monday, 13th Aug 2012  

The Show Set to Appear in the West End in September and Marks the Return of Callow to the Stage in the Capital

Fans of Simon Callow will be happy to hear that the Shakespearean actor is set to return to the West End this year in a new production of Peter Ackroyd’s “The Mystery of Charles Dickens”, set to appear at the Playhouse Theatre following the closure of “Dreamboats and Petticoats”. It will be the actor’s first appearance in the West End following “Being Shakespeare”, which he took to the Trafalgar Studios in addition to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The production will mark the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth and it isn’t the first such endeavour to be announced in the capital as “A Tale of Two Cities” previously appeared at the Charing Cross Theatre. However, whilst that was a restaging of one of his classic texts, “The Mystery of Charles Dickens” is a celebration of the man himself, looking at things in his life from parties and adventures to drunken midwives as well. As such it will be a stark contrast to the show that fell on the Playhouse stage before it.

Simon Callow is a respected actor whose work on the London theatre stage and screen has earned him an abundance of fans. His previous credits include the mentioned “Being Shakespeare” at the Trafalgar Studios 1 in 2012, plus “A Christmas Carol” at the Arts Theatre in the 2011/2012 Christmas season, “Twelfth Night” at the National Theatre in 2011 and “Waiting For Godot” at the Haymarket Theatre in 2009. Audiences around the country will probably best remember him from the likes of “Shakespeare in Love” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, in addition to his previous appearance as Charles Dickens in “Doctor Who”.

Peter Ackroyd penned “The Mystery of Charles Dickens” over ten years ago and Callow previously brought it to the stage in 2000. This time it is Richard Twyman who directs as the show makes its appearance at the Playhouse Theatre from Monday 17th September 2012 (previews from Thursday 13th September 2012) to Saturday 3rd November 2012.

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