The Atkinson is delighted to welcome Simon Callow performing his acclaimed solo show on Friday 3 October.

The Man Jesus looks back two thousand years to witness key moments in the life of ‘the man Jesus’, through the eyes of the people who knew him. Thought- provoking, thrilling and full of wit, this production premiered to great acclaim at the Belfast Lyric Theatre, where it was nominated for Best New Play in The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013.

Simon Callow performs this fresh and moving account of biblical stories including the revival of Lazarus, the wedding at Cana and the journey to Jerusalem. His powerful portrayal of the tyrants, traitors and madmen in Jesus’ life asks people of all faiths and none: what sort of a man was able to inspire the history of the world.

 ‘Callow renews our sense of wonder at the son of man and his history’.Daily Telegraph

Callow and Hurt manage to keep us gripped’. ****Sunday Times

Author Matthew Hurt has been on attachment at the National Theatre Studio and received three bursaries from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Previous plays include an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent  – created with theatre O which opened at the Traverse before transferring to the Young Vic, London; Mortal Ladies Possessed based on the short stories of Tennessee Williams, (UK AND New York. Part of 59E59 Theater’s ‘Brits Off-Broadway’ season); Believe, originally written for Linda Marlowe, (Traverse, Edinburgh), Have a Nice Life, (New York Musical Theatre Festival & Edinburgh Fringe); Tuesdays at Tesco’, an adaptation of theFrenchplay Le Mardi à Monoprix, was produced at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won a Fringe First Award.

Simon Callow has become renowned for a series of one-man shows, which have toured the United Kingdom and internationally. These begun with a West End production of The Importance of Being Oscar and have included The Mystery of Charles Dickens by Peter Ackroyd, There Reigns Love, a performance of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Dr Marigold & Mr Chops by Charles Dickens, Being Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate and Inside Wagner’s Head.

He will be performing Juvenalia at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. On screen, Callow is best known for roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Room with a View and Amadeus. He has worked in television for over 30 years, has directed over 30 shows, including Carmen Jones and the West End / Broadway productions of Shirley Valentine and has directed many operas and written 16 books.

Simon Callow in The Man Jesus takes place at The Atkinson on Friday 3 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £18 (£16 concessions, £14 schools)and are available online at or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533333. They are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours.

This event is suitable for ages 14+

Please be advised that there is a £2 booking fee for telephone and online sales.




Simon Callow in The Man Jesus

Friday 3 October


Tickets: £18 (£16 concessions, £14 schools)


*Please be advised that there is a £2 booking fee for telephone and online sales.


The Atkinson
Lord Street



In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website call box office on 01704 533333


Notes to Editors

For more information, interviews, images or review tickets, please contact Emma Lloyd at The Atkinson on 0151 934 2129 |

Posted on 24 September 2014 under General news

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