Great Expectations (stage version)

By Charles Dickens Adapted by Jo Clifford

Great Expectations (stage version)
Paperback, 96 pages Online Price:
ISBN: 9781848420670
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 13th September 2012
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Category: Literary adaptations, Modern drama (post-1945), Plays for young people (12-18 years)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Richmond Theatre, London, 2012, then West End

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A beautifully simple adaptation of one of Dickens's best-loved novels, bringing it thrillingly to life for the stage.

When the orphan Pip meets the convict Magwitch in a graveyard and is forced to help him escape, his life takes a series of unexpected turns. Invited to the house of the mysterious Miss Havisham, he falls in love with her adopted daughter, the beautiful but cold-hearted Estella. Then the generosity of an unknown benefactor sends him to London to become a gentleman. But the truth behind his change of fortune, once revealed, is not what Pip expects...

Eminently actable and stageable, this version is also ideal for schools and amateur theatre companies.

This book contains introductions by Simon Callow, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley (great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens) and Clifford herself.

'What is so admirable... is that it decisively shrugs off the many screen adaptations to make something that is pure theatre'

- The Times

'A striking piece of theatre... potently evocative'

- Telegraph

'Breathtaking... one feels transported back to the Victorian era'

- The Stage

'Arresting... the adaptation is a model of its kind'


'An incredibly cohesive and careful adaptation'

- Exeunt Magazine

'Clifford's script is a miracle of intelligent compression that wraps itself elegantly round every essential element in the story'

- Guardian

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English writer and social critic who is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.

Jo Clifford (formerly known as John Clifford) is an award-winning playwright, translator, poet and performer, who has also worked as a journalist and academic. She was instrumental in establishing the reputation of the Traverse Theatre Company in the 1980s.


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