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Simon Callow's A Christmas Carol returns to the Arts Theatre

Simon Callow in Waiting for Godot. Photo credit: Sasha Gusov.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS Christmas, Simon Callow’s A Christmas Carol returns to the Arts Theatre, where it runs from November 29, 2012 to January 6, 2013.

Using Dickens’ own performing version of his literary classic as a starting point, A Christmas Carol is co-created by Callow with Tom Cairns, who also directs and designs the production.

Callow is no stranger to Dickens having played him in the one-man show The Mystery of Charles Dickens, written by Dickens biographer Peter Ackroyd. Using extracts from Dickens’ stories alongside anecdotes from his life, the piece saw Callow portraying famous characters such as Bill Sykes, Mrs Gamp and Mr Micawber.

Callow has also written extensively about Dickens, voiced both the author and Ebenezer Scrooge in the 2001 animated film Christmas Carol The Movie, and more recently performed his double bill of Dickens’ monologues, Dr Marigold and Mr Chops, at Riverside Studios and on tour.

His other theatre credits include Being Shakespeare (Trafalgar Studios), Waiting for Godot (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Kiss of the Spider Woman (Bush Theatre); Total Eclipse and Faust Parts 1and II (Lyric Hammersmith); Restoration (Royal Court Theatre); Titus Andronicus (Bristol Old Vic); and Amadeus, Sisterly Feelings, Galileo, Single Spies and Sir Peter Hall’s 80th birthday production of Twelfth Night (National Theatre).

As a director his work includes Shirley Valentine (West End and Broadway); Les Enfants du Paradis (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Carmen Jones (Old Vic).

And his numerous screen credits include Amadeus, A Room With a View, Maurice, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Postcards from the Edge and Chemical Wedding (film); Angels in America, Galileo’s Daughter, Hope Against Hope, Miss Marple, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, The Mystery of Charles Dickens and Dr Who (TV).

Also at the Arts Theatre for Christmas: Seussical, the colourful Broadway musical set in the fantastical, bombastical and songtastical world of Dr. Seuss.