Internationally acclaimed character actress Miriam Margoyles — of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Romeo and Juliet and The Age of Innocence fame — will make an exclusive cameo appearance in King Arthur at next month’s Brisbane Baroque festival.

Margoyles will act as the narrator for a rare concert performance of Henry Purcell’s masterpiece, which was written in 1691.

Brisbane Baroque has commissioned acclaimed director Rodney Fisher to direct and design the performance. Fisher will also write new text to link the various episodes of the work, which Margoyles will read.

Her lengthy resume includes film appearances as the Nurse in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, Mrs Mingott in Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence (a role for which she won a BAFTA), and Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

On television, she has played Flora Finching in Little Dorrit for the BBC, and Lady Whiteadder and Queen Victoria opposite Rowan Atkinson on the famous Blackadder series. She recently appeared in two episodes of the ABC series Rake.

Her stage appearances have included Samuel Beckett’s Endgame in the West End and her phenomenally successful one-woman show Dickens’ Women, which she wrote and which toured the world.

Margoyles is famed not only for her stage, film and television work but also for her distinctive voice, which has appeared in Babe, Happy Feet, Mulan, James and the Giant Peach, Flushed Away and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.

King Arthur will be performed at Brisbane City Hall on Monday 11 April.

Brisbane Baroque will be held from 8-16 April at venues all over Brisbane. It is the only dedicated baroque music festival in the southern hemisphere. After scooping the pool at last year’s Helpmann Awards with an unprecedented five wins, Brisbane Baroque has expanded the 2016 season and this year will showcase international stars and a host of emerging Australian musicians.

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