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|Callow No Coward On Stage
- Simon Callow braves the West End
SIMON CALLOW's one-man show replaces Noel Coward's Private Lives at the Albery theatre this March. The Mystery of Charles Dickens brings the Victorian writer back to life, and features appearances from the fictional Bill Sykes, Mrs Gamp and Miss Havisham.
This dramatisation of the Victorian novelist's feel for the darker side explores the collapse of Dickens' marriage after rumours of infidelity with a young actress threatened to destroy his career. The Mystery of Charles Dickens builds on the success of Callow's last One Man Show, The Importance of Being Oscar, which played at the Savoy in 1997.
The man who went on to direct The Pajama Game at the Victoria Palace and to star in films like Four Weddings and a Funeral seems a thespian of many talents, much like his current subject. "Dickens was a gifted man full of contradictions," says Callow.