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Great Expectations (2016)

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
  • Duration: 180
  • Other: Post show discussion Thur 10 March, 7.30pm
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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




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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
    as Orlick
  • Oliver Boot
    as Drummle/Compeyson
  • Daniel Boyd
    as Pip
  • Antony Bunsee
    as Wopsle/Wemmick
  • Ian Burfield
    as Magwitch
  • Patrick Walshe McBride
    as Herbert Pocket
  • Bill Nash
    as Joe Gargery
  • Shaun Prendergast
    as Pumblechook/Jaggers
  • Shanaya Rafaat
    as Estella/Molly
  • Rose Wardlaw
    as Missus Joe/Biddy


“ Jane Asher's sinister spinster is height of gothic horror”

- The Guardian

“ epic production finds new depth”

- The Stage

“ New take on Dickens exceeds expectations”

- The Times

“ One of Dickens’ most loved novels is brought thrillingly to the stage … thanks to Michael Eaton’s accomplished new adaptation”

- Yorkshire Post

“ this production remains rich in characterisation”

- Yorkshire Times
Insight into the read-through The Beginning Stages Teacher Activity Pack Interview with Lighting Designer Click here to download PLAY, our comprehensive guide to workshops and resources to complement the production Play_screenshot Click here to download PLAY Sessions include: Character Spotlights, Great Expectations: The Making of... and Nineteenth Century Dickens For more information and how to book download PLAY

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/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

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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