It is not easy for one person to fill the Opera House stage and engage an audience as if on one-to-one with each. But in her one-woman show, Dickens' Women, Miriam Margolyes does this with consummate ease and with a passion that is infectious and totally absorbing.
I first fell in love with the comic genius of Miriam Margolyes as the deliciously appalling Spanish Infanta determined to seduce Prince Edmund, the original Blackadder. So I was tickled to discover that my students were packing the Regent because they adored her as Professor Sprout in Harry Potter. No matter when you caught up with her illustrious career on stage, film and television, your infatuation will be rekindled by the sheer brilliance of Dickens’ Women.
Margolyes tells a tale of many Dickens' Women....
I am gobsmacked at Margolyes' performance, and riveted by the life behind the novels. I doubt I will see anything as superlative at the Theatre Royal again.
It is Margolyes' genius to drag the whole into each part, suffusing what in lesser hands would be rendered as mere caricature with individuality, life and love. In this, she is not merely Dickens' interpreter; she is Dickens' collaborator
FIVE stars are hard to come by in theatre reviews, as fault can almost always be found. But Dickens' Women is one of those rare productions where there are no apparent flaws.
Dickens' Women is one of the most enriching, entertaining and utterly glorious evenings I have ever spent at the theatre.
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Published by Gareth K Vile
Review by Neil Cooper