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Great Expectations – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Adapter: Ken Bentley Director: Sophie Boyce Couzens Designer: James Turner Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts After their success with Travels with my Aunt and Our Man in Havana, Tilted Wig Productions and Malvern Theatres Present return with Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic, Great Expectations. The last stop on their five-month tour, Ken Bentley’s adaptation is at Exeter Northcott for five days. Adapting Dickens’ ...

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Great Expectations – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Ken Bentley, from the book by Charles Dickens  Director: Sophie Boyce-Couzens Reviewer: James Garrington Great Expectations is undoubtedly a great classic of English literature, one of the most popular and well-known Dickens novels that has been studied at school and loved by many. It is also quite long – though far from the longest Dickens wrote – and includes a ...

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Great Expectations – The Opera House, Buxton

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Ken Bentley Director: Sophie Bryce Couzens Reviewer: Jim Gillespie While Dickens semi-autobiographical 1861 novel focuses on the childhood and early manhood of Phillip Pirrip, or Pip, the central character is vastly overshadowed by the majestic ruin that is Miss Havisham. Abandoned on her wedding day, and living among the decaying wreckage of her wedding breakfast, the ...

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Great Expectations – Richmond Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Ken Bentley  Director: Sophie Boyce Couzens Reviewer: David Guest A beautifully atmospheric production of Great Expectations manages to draw together many strands from Charles Dickens’ original novel without once losing sight of the core characters and their story. This is a significant feat when the story has been filmed and staged so often. This Tilted Wig ...

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Great Expectations – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Jane Asher as Miss Havisham. Photographer Idil Sukan

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptation: Michael Eaton Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Rich Jevons This staging of Great Expectations is an epic production of the much-loved Dickens classic rags-to-riches tale. Cleverly adapted by Michael Eaton, it has been truncated into some fifty scenes. The show benefits from Mike Britten’s vast revolving set that both conjures up the atmosphere of Dickensian London, as ...

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PREVIEW: 2016 – A look ahead

2015 was a thrilling rollercoaster ride for the theatre scene, with more venues programming exciting and risk-taking productions that complemented a more traditional slate of work. We saw artistic directors leave venues for pastures new and then, in return, gain new visionaries for the future. So as we stand on the precipice of 2016, what theatrical delights await? We asked ...

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Beyond Expectations – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptors: Martin Levinson and Avril Silk Reviewer: Christy Ku   “What are we but agents in the lives of others.” Beyond Expectations is a retelling of Charles Dickens’s classic Great Expectations. Untold Theatre seeks to make Estella, one of literature’s most famous femmesfatales, the focal point of their play. Estella’s birth mother, Molly (Brooke Andersen) has a ...

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Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas – The Auditorium, Echo Arena, Liverpool

Writer: Dave Kirby Director: Dave Kirby Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   This show is not so much a Christmas card from Liverpool as a saucy seaside postcard. While some of the humour is merely bawdy, much of it is strictly adults only. It celebrates the coarser side of Scouseness with an unremitting enthusiasm. Fortunately this is tempered by slickness and stylish ...

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