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‘Harry Potter’ actress Miriam Margolyes headed to Chicago with ‘Dickens’ Women’

Updated: November 8, 2012 4:28PM

Miriam Margolyes, the British actress who has played Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films, the nurse in Baz Lurhmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” and Mrs. Mingott in Martin Scorcese’s “The Age of Innocence,” is headed to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Upstairs stage with a brief engagement (Dec. 18-22) of her one-woman show, “Dickens’ Women.”

Part of a yearlong international celebration of the bicentennial of Charles Dickens’ birth, Margolyes’ show brings to life 23 of Dickens’ female characters, ranging from “doe-eyed young heroines to browbeating old harridans.” Among the most widely revered of the characters in this show, co-created and directed by Sonia Fraser, are Mrs. Micawber (from “David Copperfield”), Miss Havisham (from “Great Expectations”) and Mrs. Gamp (from “Martin Chuzzlewit”).

In addition to appearing in more than 100 films and television productions, Margolyes is known for playing the roles of Madame Morrible in the London edition of “Wicked” and Nell in Theatre du Complicite’s West End production of Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame.” She also is in the film “The Guilt Trip,” alongside Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan, to be released in December.

For tickets ($50-$60), call (312) 595-5600 or visit

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