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. 


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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