In its premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse, the audiences and critics cheered this new adaptation of one of the greatest novels in the English language—a story of pride and ambition blinding a soul to the true values of life. Here are all the memorable characters—Young Pip, the blacksmith's apprentice whose secret benefactor gives him his great expectations of becoming a London gentleman; the mad Miss Havisham who shut herself up in her gloomy mansion when she was jilted on her wedding day; her adopted daughter, Estella, whom she has trained to break men's hearts; the gentle blacksmith, Joe, and his shrewish wife; the escaped convict, Magwitch, and the scarred man who is stalking him; the bumbling Herbert Pocket; the pompous Uncle Pumblechook; the austere lawyer, Jaggers, with his whimsical clerk, Wemmick; the murderous Orlick; kindly Biddy; arrogant Drummle; and a vast array of wonderfully actable roles. The production can be played simply on a set which cleverly takes the audience from the windswept marshes to gloomy mansion, bustling London and even a boat collision on the Thames. Gripping drama, delightful humor and a true Dickensian flavor all the while. A terrific way to introduce audiences of all ages to one of the great works of literature. Included in the script are complete stage directions.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code G56000
- Cast Size 16
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 130 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Senior Theatre | Touring Group
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871293558
- "Fantastic scriptÑworks beautifully onstage. Complex set is not needed as Pip as a narrator guides the audience through the locations."
- Review by Clare Friswell, Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea, Wales
- "We found the adaptation of Great Expectations by Robert Johanson to be a fine vehicle for telling Dickens' story. The tone of the story remains intact with Pip as narrator, and all our other favorite characters are there. This version is flexible and dramatic."
- Review by Ron Pyle, Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Use the set design in the script or at least have four areas: Miss Havisham's house, the forge/Jagger's office, kitchen/Herbert's room and an area that can be anywhere else."
- Tip by Clare Friswell, Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea, Wales