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Great Expectations

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A Bristol Old Vic production
Adapted & directed by Neil Bartlett

A strange meeting in a churchyard sets in motion a chain of events that will shower a young man with money, break his troubled heart and lead him deep into a labyrinth of deception and discovery. Great Expectations is a story about transformation, loss and - ultimately - forgiveness.

Adapted by Neil Bartlett, designed by Michael Vale (Peter Pan), featuring a haunting soundtrack by Timothy X Atack (Sleepdogs) and lit by the award-winning Rick Fisher, Bristol Old Vic's new staging of this dark-hearted classic uses the magnificent language of Dickens' original as the spark to ignite a bold new piece of ensemble theatre.

Director and adaptor Neil Bartlett has worked with some of the biggest risk-takers of contemporary theatre - Improbable, Complicite, Handspring - as well as making the original pieces that have earned him the reputation of being one of this country's most individual creative voices. This new staging of Great Expectations marks his first return to Bristol after training here at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1981.


a fabulous evening in the company of two great storytellers - Dickens and Bartlett. "

The Independent

Tiny points and tweaks of the text flash new understanding; the stark staging gives it rare power."

The Times

a sinewy and compelling interpretation"

The Stage

Great Expectations
27 Sep-2 Nov
(Tue 8 Oct)
2.30pm (Thu & Sat matinees, plus Tue 29 Oct)
£5-£30 (plus 50p card fee and £1 postage if required)
Signed performance
: Sat 19 Oct, 2.30pm
Audio-described performance: Sat 26 Oct, 2.30pm
Groups of 10+: £2 off top three ticket prices
Schools: £12.50/£7.50
Post-show discussion: Tue 8 Oct
Ages: 11+

Adjoa Andoh Miss Havisham
Martin Bassindale Herbert Pocket / Compeyson / Mr Wopsle
Tom Canton Pip
Lindsay Dukes Mrs Joe / Biddy / Wemmick
William Oxborrow A Sargeant / Mr Camilla Pocket / Bentley Drummle
Tim Potter Joe Gargery / Mr Jaggers
Laura Rees Estella
Timothy Walker Magwitch
Miltos Yerolemou Mr Pumblechook / Sarah Pocket



Trailer by Icon Films
Photography by Mark Douet

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