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Great Expectations  

Great Expectations $21.81 ex GST
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A gritty adaptation by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod of Dickens’ least sentimental love story.

Whilst at his parents’ graveside, Pip is accosted by Magwitch, a convict escaped from one of the prison ships. Terrified, he is forced to help the man to get away. An unexpected invitation to the house of rich old Miss Havisham forces him into the path of her beautiful, cruel niece Estella and their strange, ruthless games. After an anonymous benefactor grants him a small fortune, Pip turns his back on his humble life as a blacksmith’s apprentice – he moves to London to become a gentleman in the hopes of winning Estella. But he has no idea of the dangers that await him there, or from quite where his salvation will come.

'A wonderfully involving and eloquent adaptation ... a fine example of fast, fluent ensemble story-telling ... tremendous.'   Independent

Cast : 16M, 7F (doubling possible)

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-890-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


DECLAN DONNELLAN was the first Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company Academy and is best known for his work with  Cheek by Jowl—the company he founded with his partner Nick Ormerod—including  As You Like It and Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner. As Associate Director of the National Theatre his productions included FuenteovejunaSweeney Todd and  Angels in America. His published plays include a version of Nikolai Erdman's  The Mandate and an adaptation of Charles Dickens's  Great Expectations.

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