Great Expectations at the Vaudeville theatre


Shows in London are pleased to announce the first theatre production of Charles Dickens’s classic Great Expectations.

Whilst there have been many film and T.V. adaptations this will be the first time that Great Expectations has been made in to a play for the London theatre. Great Expectations will preview from the 1st February 2013 at the Vaudeville Theatre, Strand in the heart of London’s West End. Press night is the 6th February and the World Premiere opening gala night is scheduled for 7th February 2013.

The show in London is directed by Graham McLaren and the play adaptation has been written by Jo Clifford.

Graham McLaren’s ‘outstanding’, ‘haunting’ and ‘utterly brilliant’ production brings some of the most memorable characters ever created to life. The beautiful, chilling Estella, the terrifying convict Magwitch, the manipulative Jaggers, the tragic and mysterious Miss Havisham and Pip looking back on his young self – a boy with ‘great expectations’.

Charles Dicken’s tale tells of the young orphan boy Pip who lives with his sister and her blacksmith husband. Pip is frightened in to helping the escaped convict Magwitch.

Pip is cajoled in to visiting the strange widow Miss Havisham to provide some entertainment for her beautiful niece Estella.

Later Pip receives a visit from the solicitor, Jaggers, and is bequeathed an allowance from a mysterious benefactor and moves to London to be educated as a gentleman.

As the story unfolds there are many twists and turns in the intriguing coming of age of Pip in one of Charles Dickens’s best novels.

The cast includes Jack Ellis, best known for his T.V. roles in Bad Girls, Prime Suspect and as Harry Mason in Coronation Street. Jack was most recently in London theatre starring in A Few Good Men at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, with Rob Lowe, John Barrowman and Suranne Jones.

Great expectations also stars Christopher Ellison as Magwitch, best known for his role as DCI Frank Burnside in the popular ITV police series The Bill and Paula Wilcox, famous for her role in Man About the House will play Miss Havisham.

Taylor Jay-Davies, Rocco Slater in Casualty, stars as Pip, with Grace Rowe as Estella and  Paul Nivison as Jaggers.

Set design is by Robin Peoples and the costume design is by Annie Gosney and Graham McLaren.

Tickets are now on sale.


Performance schedule:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 7:30pm

Tuesdays: 7pm

Matinees: Wednesdays & Saturdays: 3pm


Group rates are available for parties of 8+