The Personal History Of David Copperfield (PG)



Comedy (2019)
119mins UK/US

Starring: Gwendoline Christie, Tilda Swinton, Aneurin Barnard, Dev Patel, Peter Capaldi
Director: Armando Iannucci
Writer(s): Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

David Copperfield is raised by his mother Clara and housekeeper Peggotty in a home filled with laughter and love until the arrival of a stern and cruel stepfather, Edward Murdstone. The new man of the house beats and terrorises David, who is dispatched to London into the dubious care of debt-riddled landlord Mr Micawber. As David comes of age, he seeks out his eccentric great-aunt Betsey Trotwood, who lives in perpetual fear of donkeys with kite-flying companion Mr Dick.

Seen that movie? Leave a comment / review here >>

LondonNet Film Review
The Personal History Of David Copperfield (PG)

Writer-director Armando Iannucci OBE realises great expectations with his madcap spin take one of Charles Dickens's indomitable literary heroes. The Personal History Of David Copperfield breathlessly abridges the mid-19th-century serial and novel to focus on the quixotic and colourful characters, whose fates intersect with the titular hero. A galaxy of stars in the British acting firmament sparkle in small yet perfectly formed roles including a delightfully bonkers Tilda Swinton as Betsey Trotwood, who mistakes salad dressing for smelling salts, and Peter Capaldi as lovable rapscallion Mr Micawber...

The Personal History Of David Copperfield. Copyright: Lionsgate Films. Caption: Peter Capaldi as Mr Micawber, Dev Patel as David Copperfield and Hugh Laurie as Mr Dick in The Personal History Of David Copperfield, directed by Armando Ianucci. All Rights Reserved.The setting may be pungently Victorian but the tone is unmistakably modern from the hero's knowing narration to nudge-nudge wink-wink flashes of directorial brio that bookmark each chapter of David's rites of passage. Dev Patel plays the likeable comic foil in the midst of the madness, who is slowly educated in the whims of his fellow man, but flecks of tragedy are always hand-tied with fanciful ribbons to humour. For example, when David's mother perishes, the sad news is related in hilariously ham-fisted graduations of the truth - "Very ill", "Dangerously ill", "She's dead!"

As a young tyke, David Copperfield (Jairaj Varsani) is raised by his mother Clara (Morfydd Clark) and housekeeper Peggotty (Daisy May Cooper) in a home filled with laughter and love until the arrival of a stern and cruel stepfather, Edward Murdstone (Darren Boyd). The new man of the house beats and terrorises David, who is dispatched to London into the dubious care of debt-riddled landlord Mr Micawber (Capaldi). As David comes of age (now played by Patel), he aims to become a scholarly man of the world by attending a boarding school run by Mr Creakle (Victor McGuire). New acquaintance James Steerforth (Aneurin Barnard) has a profound impact on David's outlook on the world and demonstrates the self-serving nature of the human condition. In time, David seeks out his eccentric great-aunt Betsey Trotwood (Swinton), who lives in perpetual fear of donkeys with kite-flying companion Mr Dick (Hugh Laurie), and is taken under the wing of respected lawyer Mr Wickfield (Benedict Wong). Wickfield's slippery clerk Uriah Heep (Ben Whishaw), who is "attempting to learn gentleman's humour from a book", has unrequited romantic designs on the lawyer's daughter (Rosalind Eleazar) and sets in motion a plan to usurp David.

The Personal History Of David Copperfield barrels along at a jaunty pace, buoyed by a magnificent ensemble cast armed with expertly polished one-liners. Period detail is suitably grim and fusty as a counterpoint to the light and breezy dialogue, which reminds us of how bitingly funny Dickens was on the page. Iannucci's adaptation, co-written by Simon Blackwell, weaves pithy invented details into the fabric of Dickens's book without drawing undue attention to these delightful authorial touches.

- Kim Hu

The Personal History Of David Copperfield. Copyright: Lionsgate Films. Caption: Peter Capaldi as Mr Micawber, Dev Patel as David Copperfield and Hugh Laurie as Mr Dick in The Personal History Of David Copperfield, directed by Armando Ianucci. All Rights Reserved.


London Cinemas



« Back to Index

Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 14th February
To Thursday 20th February

- Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Alton, Palace Cinema
- Altrincham, Everyman Altrincham
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bodmin, Capitol Cinema
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Pictureville Cinema
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgwater, Scott Cinemas
- Brighton, Komedia
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Scott Cinemas Bristol, Westbury Park
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Everyman Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Chorley, Reel Cinema Chorley
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clitheroe, Everyman Clitheroe
- Colchester, Curzon Colchester
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coleford, Studio Cinema
- Corby, Savoy Cinema
- Coventry, Showcase Cinema De Lux Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Dartmouth, The Flavel
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Derby, Showcase Cinema De Lux Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dorking, Dorking Halls
- Dover, Silver Screen
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Luxe Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Fakenham, Central Cinema Fakenham
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Helston, Flora
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Horsham, Everyman Horsham
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kingsbridge, Kings Cinema
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Maidenhead, Odeon Luxe Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newbury, Corn Exchange
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Everyman Newcastle
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newton Abbot, Alexandra Cinema
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
- Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux Nottingham
- Okehampton, New Carlton Cinema
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paignton, Vue Torbay
- Paisley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Paisley
- Penzance, Savoy
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Prestatyn, Scala Cinema
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Pwllheli, Neuadd Dwyfor
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Showroom Workstation
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, The Old Market Hall
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Showcase Cinema De Lux Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St Ives, The Royal
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stroud, Vue Stroud
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Wakefield, Reel Cinema Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Weston-super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Cineworld York
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Everyman York
- York, Vue York
From Friday 21st February
To Thursday 27th February

- Abergavenny, Baker Street Cinema
- Addlestone, The Light Cinema, Addlestone
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brecon, Coliseum Cinema
- Brighton, Komedia
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Everyman Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clitheroe, Everyman Clitheroe
- Colchester, Curzon Colchester
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Showcase Cinema De Lux Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Fakenham, Central Cinema Fakenham
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Horsham, Everyman Horsham
- Hull, Odeon Luxe Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Malton, Ryedale Palace
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Everyman Newcastle
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux Nottingham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Ultimate Picture Palace
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paignton, Vue Torbay
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Plymouth College Of Art
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Prestatyn, Scala Cinema
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Cinema De Lux Reading
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Royston, Royston Picture Palace
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Showroom Workstation
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Showcase Cinema De Lux Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- St. Leonards-on-Sea, Kino Teatr
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Stroud, Vue Stroud
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wirksworth, The Northern Light Cinema
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Everyman York
- York, Vue York


« Back to Index