Award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes

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Award-winning British actress Miriam Margolyes returns to Australia this year for an encore national tour of her one-woman show, Dickens’ Women, which includes two performances at the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie on Tuesday 17 April at 7.30pm and Wednesday 18 April at 11am.

Bringing to life twenty-three of Charles Dickens’ most affecting and colourful characters, Margolyes presents her powerful, comprehensive, and at times hilarious expose of Dickens the writer and the man, and the real-life women who found themselves immortalised on his pages.

Nominated for an Olivier Award and with tours throughout the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and India, this captivating theatrical experience returns as part of the worldwide celebration in 2012 of 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth.

As Melbourne’s Age reported, “When she appears as herself, Margolyes sparkles with  intelligence and enthusiasm .. when she inhabits Dicken’s characters, you’d swear they lived and breathed in front of you.” Margolyes will present characters from Martin Chuzzlewit, Sketches by Boz, The Uncommercial Traveller, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, Domby and Son, David Copperfield, Mrs Lirripers’ Lodgings, Little Dorrit, Great Expectations, Bleak House plus excerpts from Dicken’s Collected Letters.

An international icon of stage and screen, Miriam Margolyes is one of the world’s most celebrated character actors. With an extensive film and television career, her credits include Ladies in Lavender, Being Julia, End of Days, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, with Barbra Streisand in Yentl, and as 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. In 1996, she starred as The Nurse in Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. 

As a voice actress, Margolyes has given 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.

International stage credits include Sir Peter Hall’s Romeo & Juliet and The Importance of Being Earnest, The Threepenny Opera, The Vagina Monologues and most recently A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. Margolyes appeared as Madame Morrible in the West End and Broadway productions of the smash hit musical Wicked. 

In Australia, Margolyes has also appeared on stage with Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company. In 2012 she will appear in the ABC television adaptation of Kerry Greenwood’s Phyrne Fisher Murder Mystery Series, which runs on ABC1 from February to April.

Winner of a BAFTA-award for Best Supporting Actress in Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence, Margolyes has also received Best Supporting Actress at the LA Critics Circle Awards, a Sony Radio Award for Best Actress, and multiple Theatregoers’ Choice Awards. In 2002, Margolyes was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM The Queen.

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