Great Expectations

It was definitely a challenge to take one of Dicken’s potboilers and turn it into a play. Michael Shamata did an admirable job. The question then is why bother? Dickens’ plots are convoluted but the oddities can be overlooked or forgotten in the long novel. Compressed into a three hour play, they are definitely in your face. Keith summed up the play as follows: ” Miss Haversham is a bitch, Estella is a bitch and Pip is a twit. They deserve  what they get.”

Ignoring the fact that it was not worth the effort to turn the novel into a play,  the cast and director did an admirable job of keeping the action going and the audience interested. 

Jeff Lillico was an excellent Pip; Kate Trotter stumbled and staggered and raved as Miss Haversham; Oliver Becker was a wonderful Magwitch, evil and softhearted by turns; Oliver Dennis was loveable as Joe Gargery and hilarious as Mr Wemmick – his conversations with the Aged Parent were hilarious! 

Overall, an ok play that should have remained a novel.  But a great cast that did an excellent job in spite of it. 

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Great Expectations

  1. keithhpotter says:

    As you will have gathered by my comment that Cathy quoted, the book I found irritating and making a play of it I thought a wast of talent. That said, the production was very good.

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