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Great Expectations for Festival’s Headline Event

With the weather set fair for the 2024 Queen’s Reading Room Festival (June 8) there’s still time to book your ticket to the main event at Hampton Court Palace.

The inimitable Miriam Margolyes will take to the stage at 8pm in one of the Palace’s atmospheric Tudor courtyards to express her love and deep knowledge of Charles Dickens.

Expect her to be funny, fascinating and - let’s be honest - probably a little bit naughty as she commands an army of famous friends for an evening of great, great expectations.

From Twist to Pip, from Bumble to Marley, Miss Haversham and Peggotty, the cast of great Dickensian novels will be brought to life with fanfare and flourish.

Formed from the Instagram book club established by Her Majesty Queen Camilla, The Queen’s Reading Room is on a mission to spread the joy and benefits of reading.

Tickets for ‘Miriam Margoyles and friends: What the Dickens!’ are on sale at


To find out more about the Queen’s Reading Room and the festival visit and for information on accessibility visit




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