Fresh from a sell-out national UK Tour, THE MYSTERY OF CHARLES DICKENS transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season at the Comedy Theatre.

In a life beset by ecstasy and tragedy, by public acclaim and private despair, a great man is elevated and debased by his wild and restless imagination. As his remarkable life unfurls on stage, prepare to encounter some of Victorian England's most intriguing characters.

Simon Callow's performance has been acclaimed nationwide as tremendous, from his poignant portrayal of the young Dickens to the charismatic snapshots of some of the legendary characters including Mr Micawber, Mrs Gamp, Pickwick, Scrooge, Bill Sykes and Nancy, Vincent Crummles, Mister Jingle, Fagin and Miss Haversham - an astounding tour de force.

This extraordinary new play marks the theatrical debut of best-selling novelist and definitive Dickens biographer Peter Ackroyd. He has created a sensational insight into the life and times of Charles Dickens, leading us through his turbulent and fascinating life story.

Starring the multi award-winning Simon Callow and directed by Patrick Garland (Chimes at Midnight - Chichester Festival Theatre, Talking Heads for the BBC), Dickens reunites the creative team behind the critically acclaimed The Importance of Being Oscar.

Funny and utterly compelling, THE MYSTERY OF CHARLES DICKENS combines a brilliant performance with outstanding writing, to create an unforgettable theatrical experience.