New Stage Adaptation of Great Expectations Heads to West End's Vaudeville Theatre
By Mark Shenton
Great Expectations, a new stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, will arrive at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre, beginning performances Feb. 1, 2013, prior to an official opening Feb. 6, following a national tour.
There have been prior adaptations of the story as a film, TV drama and stage musical, but this is reportedly the first time it has been produced as a full-scale stage play in either the West End or on Broadway.
It has been adapted for the stage by Scottish playwright Jo Clifford, who has previously written approximately 80 plays. As John Clifford, his work with the Traverse Theatre included Losing Venice (Fringe First 1985), Lucy's Play, Playing with Fire, Inés de Castro and Light in the Village. Since transitioning to Jo, she has continued writing, notably Faust Part One, Faust Part Two and Every One for Royal Lyceum Edinburgh. She has also adapted The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard for Theatre Alba (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010 and 2011).
Graham McLaren directs a cast of 14 that is led by Jack Ellis as Jaggers, Chris Ellison as Magwitch and Paula Wilcox as Miss Havisham, and includes Paul Nivison as Adult Pip, Grace Rowe as Estella and Taylor Jay-Davies as Young Pip.
The set is by Robin Peoples with costumes by Annie Gosney and Graham McLaren, lighting by Kai Fischer, original music by Simon Slater and sound by Matt McKenzie. Giovanni Bedin, Head Couturier for House of Worth, has worked with Annie Gosney on the creation of Estella's couture gowns for the show. Charles Frederick Worth, the world’s first official couturier, was a contemporary of Charles Dickens. The production is sponsored by House of Worth and Rocco Venezia, and produced by Bruce Athol MacKinnon on behalf of Beckman Unicorn Ltd & Satis House Productions Ltd.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 412 4663 or visit www.greatexpectationstheplay.com for more details.
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