Simon Callow, a silver-haired Sunday roast of an actor, is not afraid of the big roles. He may have made his name on the big screen frolicking naked with Rupert Graves in the 1985 Merchant Ivory adaptation of A Room With A View and, subsequently, as the touchingly mourned Gareth in Four Weddings and A Funeral but, of late, he's been tackling some particularly heavy hitters.
First there is his on-going love affair with Charles Dickens, having played the author more than once, appeared in numerous Dickens adaptations on stage and screen and about whom Callow has written a number of books. In fact, he's appearing in A Christmas Carol right now (well, tonight) at London's Arts Theatre, a production which runs until 14th January.
Next on Simon Callow's to-do list is William Shakespeare and a welcome return of his sold-out 2011 smash hit, 'Being Shakespeare'. With Shakespeare biographer and editor of the RSC's Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Jonathan Bate, Callow endeavours to examine the 'real' William Shakespeare in a typically thorough and engaging one-man show, which reviews labelled a 'magical tour de force'.
The solo show ran at the Trafalgar Studios in June and July last year, having premiered in Plymouth in 2010 before enjoying an acclaimed month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Originally titled 'Shakespeare - The Man from Stratford', the show is returning for just 30 performances before transferring to New York and then Chicago. The limited run kicks off on Wednesday 7th March, running until Saturday 31st March 2012.
We have tickets available now for all dates, priced from £28.50 to £55 for the very best seats. There are matinee performances on Thursday and Saturdays at 2.30pm.
Demand for tickets will be very high.