Arts

Miriam Margolyes in Dickens’ Women

Following sell-out performances in 2007, BAFTA-award winning actress Miriam Margolyes returns to Adelaide from 15 – 18 February to present her one-woman tour-de-force, Dickens’ Women in the Dunstan Playhouse.
 
One of the most well-known writers of the Victorian era, Dickens’ work transcends time, language, and culture. His novels portray an array of different women characters, young and old. Dickens’ Women brings to life 23 of Charles Dickens’ most affecting and colourful female (and male!) characters, including Mrs Micawber from David Copperfield, Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, and Mrs Gramp in Martin Chuzzlewit, Margolyes presents her powerful, comprehensive, and at times hilarious exposé of Dickens, his writing, and the real-life women who found themselves immortalised in his books.
 
With an extensive film and television career, Miriam Margolyes is one of the world’s most celebrated character actors. Her long and celebrated film career has included roles in Ladies in Lavender, Being Julia, and End of Days, as well as the nurse in Romeo + Juliet and Professor Sprout in the film adaptations of Harry Potter. She has appeared alongside Rowan Atkinson in Blackadder, and on the BBC hit series Merlin and Doc Martin. Her international stage career is just as extensive, including Sir Peter Hall’s Romeo & Juliet, The Threepenny Opera, and appearing as Madam Morrible in the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked. Her voice work has been internationally acclaimed – her voice has brought life to some of film’s most memorable characters, including Fly the Dog in Babe, the Matchmaker in Disney’s Mulan, and the Singing Teacher in the Oscar-winning Happy Feet.
 
In Australia, Margolyes has appeared on stage with Melbourne Theatre Company in Blithe Spirit and Sydney Theatre Company in The Way of the World. Often awarded for her work, Margolyes was the recipient of a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress in Martin Scorcese’s The Age of Innocence and a Best Supporting Actress from the LA Critics Circle Awards. She was also awarded the Order of the British Empire for her services to Drama by the Queen in 2002.
 
This strictly limited season is part of a national tour, coinciding with the worldwide celebrations of 200 years of Charles Dickens in 2012.
 
This is a wonderful opportunity to see the characters of Charles Dickens brought to life by one of the world’s most acclaimed character actors, Miriam Margolyes.
 
Where: Dunstan Playhouse, Festival Centre, King William Rd, Adelaide
When: 15 February 6.30pm (with post-show Q&A), 16 & 17 February 7.30pm, 18 February 2pm & 7.30pm
Tickets: Adults $79.90, Concession $69.90
Bookings: www.bass.net.au

See the Adelaide Festival Centre website for more info.

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