Great expectations

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Lydia Vie
directed by Anastasia Revi
a Theatre Lab Company production
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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 at Satis House, 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 a 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.

Theatre Lab Company, the creators of the applauded production of Jamaica Inn are known for dynamic, daring and visually stunning work, and at the same time, creating accessible and engaging theatre for a wide audience. Their profile 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 and Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn at Tabard Theatre, and Mothers and Lovers and Brecht’s A Respectable Wedding The Playground Theatre. 

Use discount code FAMGE4 to buy Boxing Day tickets for £10.00 each.
This OFFER is restricted to *Boxing Day and on *purchases of 4, 5 or 6 tickets only. Please redeem FAMGE4 by Sunday 15 December. The Playground Theatre cafe bar will be offering a 10% discount on Boxing Day.

Monday 16, Tuesday 17 and Friday 20 December, two workshops daily 11.00-12.30pm and 1.00-2.30pm.
Suitable for Yr7-11. Great Expectations is on the English GCSE 2020 reading list.
Drama workshops will cover literature and drama.

The Theatre Exchange Great Expectations workshops will be led by David Furlong and Fanny Dulin, directors/performers of Exchange Theatre, both of whom are collaborating with us in this production as performers. Alongside theatre productions, the company has been teaching drama to adults and children since 2007. The workshops will enable children and adults to discover or rediscover classics and contemporary pieces, to awake a sense of play and to boost their personal development.
The workshops will focus on the characters and text of Great Expectations. As well as exploring Great Expectations, the workshops offer an introduction to acting and performing skills, confidence building and teamwork, and will consist of warm up, drama games, character and text work.

“An enjoyable experience for the students. They had a lot of fun and it was great to see them performing in French. This workshop has enabled them to see languages as something fun, enriching, maybe challenging but not insurmountable.” Sarah Decroucq, St Peter’s School, Bournemouth.
“Exchange [Theatre] has an excellent way of adapting workshops to meet the needs of the children regardless of their age or ability. They conduct themselves in a very professional manner and I have received very favorable comments from schools who have used them.” Andrew Bardwell, Director of Onatti Productions. 


Workshop Venue:
Playground Theatre, Venue: The Playground Theatre, Latimer Road, London, W10 6RQ. Cost: £8 per workshop. Participants: For secondary school children (Year 7 to year 11), up to 15 children per workshop. A minimum of 12 are required for the workshop to run. Dates and Times Mon 16 December: 11.00-12.30, 13.00-14.30. Tue 17 December: 11.00-12.30, 13.00 -14.30. Fri 20 December: 11.00-12.30, 13.00 -14.30.
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Recommended for all ages.
THIS PRODUCTION runs for approximately 2 hours with an interval.

15-29 December 2019, 7.30pm 

18, 21 & 28 December 2.30pm
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £23

Concession (Student, unemployed, over 60, Under 26)

10 for £10 
tickets for those who can not afford to go to the theatre.   


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Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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