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Simon Callow to give public lecture on Charles Dickens

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14 June 2012

Actor and director Simon Callow will explore the life and works of Charles Dickens in a public lecture at Glyndŵr University.

Simon Callow: Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World takes place at the William Aston Hall at 7pm on Thursday 28 June.

The free event, based on Callow’s latest book, has been organised to celebrate the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth and will feature Callow’s unique insight into his life.

Event organiser Katie Dutton said: “Simon Callow is one of Britain’s most loved actors and Charles Dickens one of our most iconic writers and we are delighted that the two are merging for an evening’s entertainment.

“The event is part of Glyndŵr University’s wide-ranging programme of events for the community and we look forward to welcoming people from across north east Wales and beyond for the lecture.”

Callow’s book reveals Dickens as an exuberant and irrepressible talent, whose ‘inimitable’ wit and personality crackle off the page.

He will discuss how Dickens was a compulsive performer who was obsessed with the stage, from his early years as a child entertainer in Portsmouth to his reluctant retirement from ‘these garish lights’ just before his death.

Callow first appeared on stage in Edinburgh in 1973, later moving into film, where his credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Phantom of the Opera, Amadeus and the Hollywood blockbuster Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls.

More recently, he has made a name for himself as a leading authority on the work of Charles Dickens.

To book a space for the lecture email or call 01978 293466.
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