Great Expectations

by charles dickens

Philip Pirrip, commonly known as Pip, has been brought up by hand. This is not a good thing. Orphaned as a baby, his childhood has been spent at the mercy of his wrathful sister – a situation sweetened only by the presence of her angelic husband, Joe.

One day Pip meets the extraordinary Miss Havisham, a wealthy, embittered woman who lives amongst the relics of a wedding day that never happened. Thrust into a world of privilege and deceit, Pip abandons his humble origins and falls helplessly in love with Miss Havisham’s beautiful adopted daughter, Estella.

But Estella has been bred for a sinister purpose, and his acquaintance with the two women sets him on a course that promises to jeopardise his future character and devastate his great expectations.

Packed with intrigue, convicts and other delightful characters, Dickens’ masterly ode to youth, hope and the resilience of the human spirit is brought vividly to the stage in this stunning adaptation.

Our original adaptation toured to Sussex, Oxfordshire, Essex and London in 2011 and ran in London in rep with Our Mutual Friend in 2012.

“I came to the performance of Great Expectations last Saturday with my partner. I must say, it was one of the best pieces of theatre I have seen for years. Miss Havisham was amazing!”

Wayne Tennant, London