- Venue: Quarry Theatre
- Duration: 180
- Other: Post show discussion Thur 10 March, 7.30pm
More Information on Great Expectations
A terrifying chance encounter propels young orphan Pip from the life of a humble blacksmith’s apprentice to that of a wealthy gentleman.
Determined to prove himself worthy of the ‘heart-broken’ Miss Havisham and her beautiful but icy ward Estella, Pip eagerly embraces his new position. But his past is not so easily abandoned and when the nature of his great expectations are discovered, Pip must decide on his true identity.
Director Lucy Bailey returns to the Playhouse for the first time since her acclaimed productions of Dial M For Murder and The Postman Always Rings Twice with a visually stunning, brand new adaptation of Dickens’ best-loved novel.
Funny, chilling and tender, Great Expectations remains a masterpiece of self-discovery told through some of literature’s most iconic characters.
By Charles Dickens
A new adaptation by Michael Eaton
Associate Production Sponsor
Cast & Credits
By Charles Dickens / New adaptation by Michael Eaton / Director Lucy Bailey / Designer Mike Britton / Composer John Eacott / Lighting Designer Chris Davey / Sound Designer Emma Laxton / Movement Director Sarah Dowling / Fight Directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC Annie Ltd / Casting Director Ginny Schiller CDG / Assistant Director (Birkbeck Trainee) Martin Leonard / Movement Intern Chi-San Howard / Company Stage Manager Richard Pattison / Stage Manager Julie Issott / Deputy Stage Manager Hazel McDougall / Assistant Stage Manager Eve Machin / Fiddle Bryony Griffith / Melodeon and Concertina Ollie King / Voice Joe Martin / Voice Connor Ludnow / Voice Ben Bickley /
- Jane Asher
as Miss Havisham
- James Barrett
- Oliver Boot
- Daniel Boyd
- Antony Bunsee
- Ian Burfield
- Patrick Walshe McBride
as Herbert Pocket
- Bill Nash
as Joe Gargery
- Shaun Prendergast
- Shanaya Rafaat
- Rose Wardlaw
as Missus Joe/Biddy
“Jane Asher's sinister spinster is height of gothic horror”
“epic production finds new depth”
“New take on Dickens exceeds expectations”
“One of Dickens’ most loved novels is brought thrillingly to the stage … thanks to Michael Eaton’s accomplished new adaptation”
“this production remains rich in characterisation”
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Character Spotlights, Great Expectations: The Making of… and Nineteenth Century Dickens
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A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for Deaf attendees.Audio Described
Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.Relaxed Performance
A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.Dementia-Friendly Performance
A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.
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- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance