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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Festival news

Four Weddings star Simon Callow completes line-up

Actor, director and writer Simon Callow completes the line-up for this autumn’s festival.

Simon Callow

The ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ ‘Room with a View’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love’ star will be with us on Friday 21 October.

Awarded a CBE for services to drama, Simon is one of the UK’s finest and best-loved actors, known for his many roles on stage and screen, including Four Weddings and a Funeral – one of the most successful British films of all time.

Not just a great actor, Simon has also proved that he is a gifted writer. In ‘One-Man Band’, the third volume of his new biography of cinema giant Orson Welles, Callow charts the later years of Welles’s life, painting a vivid and often very funny portrait of a troubled genius enduring a cocktail and triumph and decline.

His other books include My Life in Pieces, the autobiographical ‘Being an Actor’ and his acclaimed Charles Dickens biography.

At the festival Simon will be talking about his life on screen and stage, as well as reading excerpts from his latest book.

He says he still loves being in front of a live audience:

“I’ve found that people are fantastically warm and keenly interested, each talk is entirely different as people react differently to the – though I say it myself  – remarkable story I’m telling.  I’m fascinated by my fellow human beings and long to know what makes them what they are.”

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing at Rochdale Borough Council, said:

“Simon has been treading the boards for many years in the country’s top theatres, in addition to his countless film and television roles. As you would expect from such a distinguished actor, this will be much more than a simple reading of excerpts from his book, our audience is in for a treat! He is a superb talent and a perfect final addition to our festival.”