What the Dickens?! Accompanied by my wife and two friends, I went along to the Civic to see An Evening with Simon Callow.
Anticipating a sell-out event, with a rare chance of seeing this distinguished actor reading excerpts and offering us characterisations from the great author, the tickets were purchased some six weeks before.
What we were offered was Mr Callow appearing on stage for one hour 40 minutes and telling us the life story of Charles Dickens with just one reading from ‘The Pickwick Papers’. The information he gave us could have been gleaned from any one of the numerous biographies now on sale to mark the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth.
Mr Callow, indeed has just written his own book on the subject which has just been published. Several references were made to this book and a few excerpts were read.
Mr Callow concluded his ‘performance’ with the promise of a book signing session afterwards. The overall impression of the evening, was the sense of feeling short-changed and in practical terms, we were.
The tickets were £14 each, Mr Callow’s book retails on Amazon at £9.69.