Larger than life actor and director Simon Callow talks about his new book ‘Charles Dickens and the great theatre of the world’ at the Dickens Museum.
This is a man who sold his entire collections of LPs for a second hand typewriter in order to kick start his love of writing. He admits that he had very little material to write about as a child due to his lack of life experience, but once he discovered the joy of theatre (which we Brits do so well!) it was then that Simon wrote a letter on his knackered typewriter to Sir Lawrence Olivier expressing how much he loved the work he was doing at the National. Would you believe it? He got a reply? And what did the big man have to say? Tune in and listen to what was in that letter which set Callow up to run away and join the theatre; never to leave again.