Callow’s one-man masterpiece

SIMON Callow is at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre this week in a thrilling show called Dr Marigold and Mr Chops, bringing to life two one-man plays by Charles Dickens.

In this captivating theatrical event he tells the stories of Dr Marigold, a travelling salesman who adopts a little deaf and dumb girl and Mr Chops, a freak-show turn who wins the lottery and a place in society.

Callow is a virtuoso storyteller who has already presented the life of Britain’s greatest novelist in The Mystery of Charles Dickens in both the West End and on Broadway. He recently played Pozzo in Waiting for Godot and has starred in the Oscar-winning films A Room with a View, Howard’s End, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love.

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Dr Marigold and Mr Chops is adapted by Patrick Garland. These monologues, which were hugely popular when Dickens himself performed them on his famed reading tours, provide a masterly blend of the comic, bizarre and poignant that is classic Dickens.

Running until Saturday. For tickets call the box office, 0844 871 7607 or visit