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David Copperfield
David Copperfield
"Theatre Erindale has a real winner on their hands with David Copperfield … a first-rate production that will have you engrossed from start to finish." —The Mississauga News Online

"This is one seriously challenging play with intricate sub-plots and psychological depths … Like the original creation, which was a newspaper series, the play is long but never tedious. Thomas Hischak's adaptation omits certain characters and situations but his surgery is so smooth that only a Dickensophile will be aware of the exclusions." —Ontario Arts Review
Adapted by Thomas Hischak from Charles Dickens' novel.

Cast: 11m., 13w., 1 boy, 1 girl. (Doubling possible: 8m., 10w., 1 boy, 1 girl.) Charles Dickens' beloved masterpiece is recreated for the stage with the unforgettable characters and enthralling story of the famous original. Young David Copperfield has a happy childhood until his widowed mother weds the stern Mr. Murdstone, who separates David from his caring nurse, Peggotty, and sends him to school far away. When Mrs. Copperfield dies, little David must make his way in London. Helped by the merry Micawber family and his eccentric aunt, Betsey Trotwood, David grows up to become a writer. But even his adult years are challenged by the conniving clerk Uriah Heep, his betraying friend James Steerforth, and others. David gets to wed Dora, whom he worships, but their marriage is also challenged, and Dora's premature death leads David to discover his true character and position in life. Among the other memorable Dickens characters to appear are crusty but determined Dan Peggotty; nerdy but faithful friend Tom Traddles; vicious spinster Miss Murdstone; simple-minded but lovable Mr. Dick; understanding Agnes Wickfield; tragic Emily; vengeful Miss Dartle; and honest and selfless fisherman, Ham. Flexible staging. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  D84
Cast Size:  24
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  110
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 1583422528
Publication Date: 05/17/2005
Thomas Hischak is the author of 16 published plays and 12 books on theatre, film and popular music. He is professor of theatre at the State University of New York College at Cortland where he lives with his wife and two children. Among the classics that he has adapted for the stage are Little Women, The Odyssey, Jane Eyre, The ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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