A COUNTY Durham author and actor is bringing down the curtain on his one-man show.

Chris Foote-Wood will perform 'The Genius of Charles Dickens' for the last time at the Witham, Barnard Castle, on Friday, December 2 at 7.30pm.

After ten years touring his Dickens show around the UK, including five years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Mr Foote-Wood - brother of the late comedienne, writer and actor Victoria Wood - is planning a new show while continuing his popular illustrated 'Author Talks', each based on one of the 20 or so biographies and other non-fiction books he has written.

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“Nothing lasts forever, and I have decided to make a change that involves less travelling”, said Mr Foote-Wood.

In his one-man show, Mr Foote-Wood follows the example of his hero Dickens who gave public performances of his work in the theatre, acting out the parts with 'animated readings'.

One review of his show says: “Chris Foote-Wood brings to life some of the best-known Dickens characters.”

The show is a fundraiser for the Witham with Mr Foote-Wood not taking a fee. Tickets for the show at £8 and £5 for students are available from www.thewitham.org.uk or at the box office 01833-631107.

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