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The Mystery of Charles Dickens (2000)

Simon Callow's one-man show about Charles Dickens.

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Simon Callow's one-man show about Charles Dickens.

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An Excellent and Fascinating Play
29 September 2005 | by (Cleveland, United States) – See all my reviews

In a tour de force performance, Simon Callow miraculously brings to life one of the most famous men of all time. . . Charles Dickens.

The Mystery of Charles Dickens is a one man play that chronicles the life and times of Charles Dickens. Now some of you might think "Oh great! A play about Charles Dickens. It's bound to be long, boring, and awful." WRONG!!!! The Mystery of Charles Dickens is a fascinating blend of mystery, charm, biography, fact and fiction. From the opening of the curtain, I found myself transfixed as I watched a tale of life, energy, misery and happiness, fame and passion unfold before me.

The play tells the story of Dickens' life. As the story goes along, Callow inserts quotations from Dickens' books into his narrative adding to the image created of this fascinating man. It's amazing to see how much of himself Dickens' put into his writing. It was apparent to me just how much when one time Callow began a quotation from one of Dickens' novels and I couldn't even tell. I thought it was just from a personal writing of Dickens' not from one of his fictional works. Truly a wonderfully written play.

As to Simon Callow's performance, it is in one word, superb. Like Dickens himself, Callow finds a different voice for each of the characters. Whether it is Mr Micawber, Wackford Squeers, or Little Nell these characters come brilliantly to life as do all of the characters. With a wonderful voice, rich, warm and endearing, and facial expressions that let you see into his soul, Simon Callow is the best and only choice to bring this play to life.

I truly cannot praise this performance enough. I never thought I would be interested in the life of Charles Dickens' but he was truly an amazing character as well as being a very real human being. I'll stop talking now. If there's any way possible, see this DVD!!!


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