BAFTA® award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes performs her one-woman tour-de-force.
Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films) sparkles and delights in her one-woman show where she plays 23 different roles - men and women - from Dickens' books. Through them she tells the story of Dickens' life, using his characters like Miss Haversham, Little Nell, and Mr and Mrs Bumble. Most were based on real people, like Mary Hogarth (Dickens' wife's sister) who was the inspiration for many of Dickens' young heroines. Dickens' Women is a tribute both to Miriam's infectious passion for Dickens' work and her astonishing versatility as a performer. Miriam earned an Olivier nomination for her original West End season of Dickens' Women, and she is set to tour the world in 2012, the 200th anniversary of Dickens' birth, with her one-woman show.
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I have both the book version and the audible and actually prefer the audible. Margolyes is fantastic and really brings to life the book,.
Margolyes brings the book to life both via her character interpretation and the Dickens story itself
"One to enjoy many times."
Miriam Margolyes is extraordinary. She has a wonderful fruity voice that can portray cold villainy or a piping child effortlessly. It's hard to believe that one voice could have such a vast range of pitch and nuance. She has perfect timing as a comedienne and a compassion for the humanity of those she portrays.
Mrs Gamp is priceless. I've replayed that scene several times.
She also casts a cold eye on Dickens himself and his despicable personal life.
I wish the programme had been a bit longer but I recommend it highly.
"An Exceptional Insight Into Dickens and Women"
Yes, absolutely. If you have interest in Victorian Literature, or gender and literature, or Dickens, or just really enjoy funny and insightful performances and commentary then this is perfect for you.
This is so difficult! Certainly the 'Seventeen' section was hilarious, and I really enjoy the landlady complaining about dirty but loveable servant. Mrs McCawber was, however, the most heartrending performance, and it proves that Miriam Margolyes is criminally underrated.
The Mrs McCawber section did made me cry, as did the young Nicolas Nicklelby. I was also deeply moved by the story of Mrs Dickens, so horribly treated by her husband.
I laughed so much I got strange look on the tube at the jokes about Dickens' love of 'Little Women'.
This is a great audiobook - definitely worth a credit.
A record of a one woman show and perhaps MM's finest hour.
Funny, of course, but also moving and complex in its depiction of Dickens, the women he knew and the ones he created. It's a real pleasure.
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