Great expectations - The Playground Theatre

London theatre news: Tuesday 19 November 2019

Dickens - Off-West End - Shows

Theatre Lab Company will bring Lydia Vie's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story to The Playground Theatre this December.
Great expectations at The Playground Theatre

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Charles Dickens' classic story - Great Expectations - was first published in serialised form between 1860 and 1861.

The story has lost none of its appeal over the intevening years with a compelling plot that focuses on the development of a young man nicknamed Pip and an eccentric woman who walks around her house in a faded wedding dress (you can read more about the plot here).

Dickens' thirteenth novel now gets an adaptation by Lydia Vie to be produced by Theatre Lab Company at The Playground Theatre from 15 to 29 December 2019.

The company are the creators of the highly praised production of Jamaica Inn and are known for dynamic, daring and visually stunning work, and at the same time, creating accessible and engaging theatre for a wide audience.

The company's work includes classics, devised and musical productions as well as classical and contemporary Greek theatre.

Recent London performances include Molière's Don Juan at Hoxton Hall, Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn at Tabard Theatre and Mothers and Lovers and Brecht's A Respectable Wedding  at The Playground Theatre.

More details about the production of Great Expectations are given below ...

Show listing information


Everyone in this story had great expectations: betterment, revenge, love, fortune, redemption, freedom.

It all started with a beautiful young bride, in love, on her wedding day, many years before.

The wedding never happened.

The clocks stopped at twenty to nine on that ill fated day, and she has a story to tell.

How did the ecstasy of love turn into a pursuit for revenge?

Why did Pip, a young orphan, long to be gentleman?

How did a convict find freedom and redemption?

How did a beautiful young girl grow up without a heart?

How were they all victims of great expectations?

Back and forth through the lives of Miss Havisham, Pip and Estella, the mysteries of Satis House are unravelled, and the stories of Dickens' famous and much loved characters unfold.


Helen Bang (Miss Havisham)

Samuel Lawrence (Pip)

Denise Moreno (Estella)

David Furlong (Jaggers)

Peter Rae (Magwitch)

Matthew Wade (Joe Gargery)

Fanny Dulin (Mrs Joe/Molly)

Shaun Amos (Herbert Pocket)


Author: Charles Dickens, adapted by Lydia Vie
Director: Anastasia Revi
Designer: Eirini Kariori
Lighting: Chuma Emembolu
Production: Martina Reynolds, Theatre Lab Company


The Playground Theatre
Unit 8
343-453 Latimer Rd
W10 6RQ


From: Sunday 15 December 2019

Closed: Sunday 29 December 2019


Standard: £23


Concession (student, unemployed, over 60, under 26) £18

10 for 10 (10 cheap tickets for those who need them) £10


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