"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 Tennent, London

Great Expectations

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens

Adapted for the stage & Directed by Connie Stephens

"I saw Great Expectations on Saturday and was enthralled by the production. This was my first experience of Myriad Theatre and I would like to be informed of future events. Thanks for a great evening's entertainment. Excellent."
Rachel Phillips, Thame

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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 wealth 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 special, 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 new adaptation.

Our original adaptation toured to Sussex, Oxfordshire, Essex and London in Autumn 2011.

Lighting Design: Ben Cowen

 

"I just wanted to say how absolutely brilliant the performance was on Saturday evening. You are all so talented. This was my first visit to a Myriad performance and I am so looking forward to the next one."

Linda Nicholls, Essex

Our Mutual Friend

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens

Adapted for the stage by Connie Stephens

Directed by James Baker

"Our Mutual Friend was superb, nicely paced and totally gripping in atmospheric surroundings. The cast were all superb in all in the different roles they played."
Robin Harris, Essex

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To honour Dickens’ double centenary, we toured Our Mutual Friend, his last completed work, to Sussex, Oxfordshire and Essex in Autumn 2012 and then ran in rep on alternate nights in London with 2011’s sell-out adaptation of Great Expectations.

John Harmon’s father is a grasping old misery who has made a fortune from dust and cannot bear to part with a penny of it. Having alienated his nearest and dearest, he makes a Will, declaring his son (now exiled abroad) the sole benefactor if – and only if – he marries Bella Wilfer, an indulged, obstreperous young girl whom he witnesses beating her father with a bonnet when out on one of his walks.

Almost two decades later, John Harmon Senior expires of meanness and John Harmon Junior is summoned to England to claim his inheritance and his bride, but disappears before he can do so. A fortnight after that, Gaffer Hexam and his daughter, Lizzie, pull a body out of the Thames which is identified to be the missing Mr Harmon. But is it?

Presiding over the inquest is the rakish Eugene Wrayburn, who falls for Lizzie’s charms across the battered corpse, and determines to seduce her, much to the chagrin of Schoolmaster Bradley Headstone, who considers her his property.

So begins one of Dickens’ most magnificently complex plot-lines of murder, mistaken identity, greed, envy, the sinister twists and turns that unrequited love can take, and, above all, the incontestable importance of being true to yourself, no matter what you may stand to lose.

Lighting Design: Ben Cowen

 

"If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces...
love her, love her, love her!"

Joe Gargery - Great Expectations
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"Another great performance last evening and so thoroughly enjoyed by all of our family. Please pass on our sincere thanks to all involved."

Maggie, Ron, Laura and Leonard Eve, Essex

 

"Loved the ingenious and touching way Great Expectations was done."

The Robert Rowe, London

 

"Five actors played 30 characters in a clearly told, exciting story of love, murder, intrigue, and, being a Dickens story, class difference. It reminded me of the Nicholas Nickleby of years ago in London and on Broadway but with a budget for set/props/costumes of probably about $100."
Clark Lemons, London Theater (Travel blog)

 

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