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A Tale of Two Cities
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A Tale of Two Cities

Adapted for the stage by Matthew Dunster

Charles Dickens
 
A bold new adaptation of Dickens' classic from one of Britain's foremost directors, tying into contemporary issues of global war, refugees, extremism.

How much more do those in power think Europe’s poor can take? When will the people take to the streets of the cities and roar enough is enough?
Cast : 9F, 14M doubling possible
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-234-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations/A Christmas Carol/Oliver Twist
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Charles Dickens: Great Expectations/A Christmas Carol/Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens (adapted by Neil Bartlett)
 

Using only Charles Dickens’ extraordinary words and a chameleon ensemble of actors, Neil Bartlett's powerful stage versions of Dickens have gathered wide critical acclaim. This collection includes:

Great Expectations: From its opening image of little Pip, alone on the windswept marshes, to the haunted darkness of mad Miss Haversham's cobweb-strewn lair, this adaptation takes its audience on a journey right to the heart of Dickens’ great exploration of childhood terrors and hopes – and of adult dreams and regrets. This version was recently directed by Bartlett himself to great acclaim at the Bristol Old Vic.

A Christmas Carol: Dickens's story of solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by a series of ghostly visitors, has proved one of his most well-loved works, and has profoundly influenced our attitude towards the season.

Oliver Twist: Bartlett’s powerful version of Oliver Twist brings the dark underbelly of nineteenth-century London back to bold theatrical life. The unforgettable characters inhabit a world filled with images of danger and fear, innocence and hope; a world seen through the eyes of an astonished child.

Between them, these adaptations have had over a hundred productions. They have been widely performed by schools, universities and community theatre groups throughout the English-speaking.


Cast : 21F, 43M; 4F, 12M; 6F, 14M, doubling possible
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-079-9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
David Copperfield
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David Copperfield

Charles Dickens (adapted by Alastair Cording)
 
Alastair Cording’s stage adaptation skilfully concentrates on the essentials of the story while maintaining the colour, humour and drama of the book. Most notable is its fluidity, with each scene flowing into the next without the need for cumbersome scene changes—or indeed very much scenery.

Performable by a cast of ten, if necessary, but equally offering good roles to thirty or more. 

Review
All the drama, pathos and humour of David Copperfield's eventful young life are vividly realised in this enthralling adaptation.  -  The Stage  



Cast : 4M, 4F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-022-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Adapted by Jo Clifford

Charles Dickens (adapted by Jo Clifford)
 

Charles Dickens’ classic story of love and mystery makes for terrific theatre. Pip longs to be a gentleman, but he is haunted by the memory of the mysterious Magwitch. Caught in the web of the reclusive Miss Havisham’s desire for revenge against all men, Pip’s love for the bewitching Estella seems to be just another dream. Jo Clifford's beautiful adaptation uses Dickens’ own words to create a classic work of modern British theatre.

One hundred and fifty one years after the publication of the novel, Jo Clifford’s incredible adaptation brings this most loved of stories vividly to life on stage. Using the novel’s own words as its starting point, Clifford’s adaptation thrillingly recreates Dicken’s characters and story while losing none of the original’s haunting power.


 

Cast : 10M, 5F (doubling)
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-067-0 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Great Expectations
$19.95 ex GST
$21.95 inc GST

Great Expectations

Adapted by Jo Clifford

Charles Dickens (adapted by Jo Clifford)
 

Charles Dickens’ classic story of love and mystery makes for terrific theatre. Pip longs to be a gentleman, but he is haunted by the memory of the mysterious Magwitch. Caught in the web of the reclusive Miss Havisham’s desire for revenge against all men, Pip’s love for the bewitching Estella seems to be just another dream. Jo Clifford's beautiful adaptation uses Dickens’ own words to create a classic work of modern British theatre.

One hundred and fifty one years after the publication of the novel, Jo Clifford’s incredible adaptation brings this most loved of stories vividly to life on stage. Using the novel’s own words as its starting point, Clifford’s adaptation thrillingly recreates Dicken’s characters and story while losing none of the original’s haunting power.


 

Cast : 10M, 5F (doubling)
Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-067-0 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Charles Dickens (adapted by Gupta Tanika)
 
Dickens’ timeless classic re-imagined in an epic stage version which relocates Pip’s extraordinary journey to nineteenth century India.

Peopled by some of his most colourful and memorable characters, Dickens’ epic novel has been lovingly adapted for the stage by leading playwright Tanika Gupta. Following a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict, young Pip is given an unexpected chance to better himself by visiting the reclusive and mysterious English lady, Miss Havisham. In the decaying colonial grandeur of her house, Pip falls in love with Estella and helped by an anonymous benefactor, Pip moves to the bustling city to pursue his dream of winning Estella’s heart and of becoming part of the educated elite. 

Painted in rich, vivid colours across a vast landscape of characters and locations, this stunning new version promises a powerful and theatrical telling of Dickens’ universally loved masterpiece.



Cast : 9M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-122-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Haunting, The (adaptation)
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Haunting, The (adaptation)

Charles Dickens/Hugh Janes
 
A spine-chilling play by Hugh Janes, based on several original ghost stories by Charles Dickens.

In an ancient, crumbling mansion, sheltering from the howling winds that tear across the surrounding desolate moorland, two men stumble across a dark and terrifying secret that will change both of their lives.

When a young book dealer, David Filde, is employed by a former associate of his uncle to catalogue a private library, he finds an incredible array of rare and antiquated books. But as a series of strange and unexplained events conspires to keep Filde from his work, he realises that if he is to convince his sceptical employer that the mysterious phenomena he is experiencing are real, they must journey together to the very edge of terror, and beyond...

The play offers rich material for amateur theatre companies or student groups who want to introduce their audiences to another side of Dickens' work - and have them jump out of their seats at the same time.

Review
The Haunting revels in the old-fashioned power of simple theatrical tricks, and basks in the shrieks and gasps of an audience that is clearly part of the event. -  The Scotsman  



Cast : 2M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-215-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Oliver Twist
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Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens (adapted by Neil Bartlett)
 
In this powerful new adaptation of Dickens' classic novel, Neil Bartlett brings back to the theatre one of the angriest, funniest and most deeply felt stories about childhood ever written. Taking inspiration from the vivid world of Victorian music-hall, thirteen actors conjure up a host of unforgettable characters — Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sikes, the Artful Dodger and, of course, young Oliver himself. Dickens' original words bring the dark underbelly of nineteenth-century London back to thrilling life — a city teeming with images of danger, fear, innocence and hope — all seen through the eyes of an astonished child. Suitable for ages 10 and above.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-427-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Oliver Twist
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Oliver Twist

Adapted by Anya Reiss

Charles Dickens
 

From the award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre comes a new version of the story of Dickens’ beloved orphan.

The original story of Victorian London's most famous child. Oliver Twist created for everyone aged six and over. It will have you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.

Cast : 8F, 11M (doubling possible) + extras
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-238-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB