Profile: Simon Callow CBE

Actor, writer

Simon Callow was born in London in 1949. He went to Queen's University in Belfast, but after a year he ran away to become an actor. He trained at the Drama Centre; his first job was at the Edinburgh Festival in 1973. In 1979, he created the part of Mozart in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, and later appeared in the movie, playing Emmanuel Schikaneder. He has since appeared in over forty films. He directed his first play in 1984, the year in which his first book, Being an Actor, appeared. His sixteenth book, Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World, appeared in 2012.

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Dickens The Performer

Simon Callow CBE examines Dickens as an actor who gave lively and emotional performances of his own works to an enthralled public on both sides of the Atlantic.
Dickens was extraordinary in many ways – in the fertility of his imagination, in his passionate and practical commitment to social justice, and in his vast popularity – but he is quite unique among novelists in his career as a public performer of his own works.
Short video with the legendary Simon Callow included, filmed at the Charles Dickens Museum, London.

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Category: Book Club

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