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Simon Callow

Simon Callow made his stage debut in 1973 and came to prominence in a critically acclaimed performance as Mozart in the original stage production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at the Royal National Theatre in 1979. He is well known for a series of one-man shows that have toured internationally and featured subjects such as Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare, Jesus, and Richard Wagner. Among his many film roles is the much-loved character Gareth in the hit film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Callow has simultaneously pursued careers as a director in theater and opera and is an author of several books, including Being an ActorLove... Read More

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Being Wagner
Written by Simon Callow
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2018
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-525-43618-8 (0-525-43618-9)

Simon Callow, the celebrated author of Orson Welles, delivers a dazzling, swift, and accessible biography of the musical titan Richard Wagner and his profoundly problematic legacy--a fresh take for seasoned acolytes and the perfect introduction for new fans.

Richard Wagner's music dramas have never been more popular or more divisive. His ten... Read more






Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World
Written by Simon Callow
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-80323-8 (0-345-80323-X)

A short biography of Charles Dickens by acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow that offers a fresh perspective on one of the greatest novelists in the English language in a lively, highly readable account. "It has all the gusto that a popular biography of Dickens—a man who “could do nothing by... Read more






Orson Welles, Volume 1: The Road to Xanadu
Written by Simon Callow
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | February 1997
$20.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-025456-3 (0-14-025456-0)

“A splendidly entertaining, definitive work.”—Entertainment Weekly

In this first installment of his masterful biography, Simon Callow captures the chameleonic genius of Orson Welles as only an actor/director deeply rooted in the entertainment industry could. Here is Welles’s prodigious childhood; his youth in New York, with its fraught partnership with John Houseman and... Read more






Orson Welles, Volume 2: Hello Americans
Written by Simon Callow
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | November 2007
$20.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-027517-9 (0-14-027517-7)

“Unfailingly intelligent and well written . . . Vivid and three-dimensional.”Variety

The first volume of Simon Callow's magisterial biography of Orson Welles was praised as a "splendidly entertaining, definitive work" by Entertainment Weekly. Now, this eagerly anticipated second volume examines the years following Citizen Kane up to the time of Macbeth, in... Read more





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