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2012 Event Media Release - Simon Callow

18 JUNE 2012


"playing Dickens and performing his work has been like standing in front of a blazing fire"
Simon Callow

In the bicentenary year of Charles Dickens’ birth Sydney Opera House will pay homage to one of the greatest writers of the English language with a talk by Simon Callow CBE - one of the UKs best-loved actors and author of the recently published biography Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World.

Well known for his appearances in major feature films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Phantom of the Opera and the Hollywood blockbuster Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls Simon is also the author of thirteen novels. Callow’s latest biography, Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World, discusses the importance of theatre to the life and work of the great novelist and playwright.

At Sydney Opera House, Callow will explore his long stage, screen and literary relationship with Charles Dickens with a performed reading from the biography which focuses on Dickens' lifelong obsession with performance and the stage, followed by an’ in conversation’ talk about his colourful life and love of the theatre.

Over the years Callow’s relationship with Dickens has ranged from starring in a one-man Dickens stage show The Mystery Of Charles Dickens (written by Peter Ackroyd) to featuring in numerous film, TV and theatrical adaptations.  On stage Callow has played some of the theatre’s most iconic roles - from Charles Dickens, Titus Andronicus and Mozart to Oscar Wilde, Captain Hook and Faust.

Callow has enjoyed a career that began with a job at the National Theatre box office (landed through a fan letter to Sir Laurence Olivier) and has since taken him on a journey across stage, screen, opera and literature. He brings years of experience and a unique personal insight to the subject of Dickens and theatre.   

During his visit to Australia, Simon Callow will also be presenting the opening keynote event of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

VISIT Simon Callow’s website
WATCH Simon Callow discuss Dickens as a performer
WATCH Simon Callow as he tours Dickens’s London

Sydney Event:
Concert Hall
Date:  Sunday 26 August
Time:  7.15pm
Duration: 90 minutes              
Tickets: $45 / 9250 7777
Facebook  / Twitter @SydOperaHouse

Victoria Events:
Melbourne Town Hall:
Thursday 23 August, 7pm
Tickets - $40/ $35, Bookings: or 03 9999 1199

Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts: Saturday 25 August, 7pm
Bookings or 03 5338 0980

SYDNEY MEDIA CONTACT:               
Alexandra Barlow / / 02 9250 7825 / 0418 656 535

View past Ideas at the House talks at Sydney Opera House PLAY

Prue Bassett – / 0419 559 040 or visit Melbourne Writers Festival here.


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