Great Expectations at Vaudeville Theatre tickets
Great Expectations at Vaudeville Theatre tickets

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About the show

Charles Dickens’ classic coming-of-age novel Great Expectations receives a thrilling adaptation to the stage by award-winning playwright Jo Clifford. Despite countless revivals and revamps, including the 2012 film starring Helena Bonham Carter, this haunting production is the first time that the well-known story is presented as a full length play on the West End, as part of the international celebrations of Dickens’ bicentenary.

Great Expectations chronicles the life of orphaned Pip, who helps to free escaped convict Abel Magwitch from his iron chains. When Magwitch is eventually captured, he never reveals that Pip was the young boy who helped him. Years later, Pip is sent to entertain the mysterious Miss Havisham, who spends her days in her rotting wedding gown, accompanied by the young and beautiful Estella. When Pip falls for Stella, he is soon made aware that his lowly origins simply may not be enough to woo her.

Taylor Jay-Davies stars as Young Pip, with Paul Nivison playing Adult Pip. Further cast members include acclaimed actress Paula Wilcox (Emmerdale, Mount Pleasant) as Miss Havisham, Jack Ellis (Assassins at the Donmar) as Jaggers, Chris Ellison (Oliver!, Catch Me If You Can) as Magwitch and Grace Rowe (The Railway Children) as Estella, as well as Katy Allen, Gareth Glen, Josh Elwell, Isabelle Joss, Suzanne Robertson, James Vaughan and Rhys Warrington.

Directed and conceived by Graham McLaren, this revival features set design by Robin Peoples, costume design by Annie Gosney and Graham McLaren, lighting design by Kai Fischer and sound design by Matt McKenzie, with movement by Marcello Magni and an original score by Simon Slater. Prior to its arrival at London’s Vaudeville Theatre, Great Expectations has toured the UK extensively, garnering dazzling reviews from audiences and critics alike. A hugely successful production that brings some of literature’s most memorable characters to life, don’t miss out on the opportunity to see this haunting adaptation.

Recommended for

Fans of the Dickens novel now have the opportunity to see it brought to life on stage, in a thrilling adaptation that has impressed audiences across the UK. Those who enjoy gripping dramas will also enjoy Great Expectations.

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Opened: 01 Feb 2013
Press night: 06 Feb 2013
Booking from: 01 Feb 2013
Booking until: 01 Jun 2013

Location and map

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH

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