As an adult, I have never been to watch a show at the theatre without my little one. I have only ever been to watch panto’s or shows for young children, so when we got invited along for opening night of Great Expectations at Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, I couldn’t wait! And what a brilliant show it was.
Admittedly, I have never read the classic book by Dickens (I know, I know!) but it definitely won me over. The timeless classic has been brought on stage in a new adaptation by Ken Bentley, produced by Titled Wig Productions.
Great Expectations follows young Pip as he encounters an escaped convict and is given the chance to better himself by visiting Miss Havisham – the mysterious and iconic character played by Nichola McAuliffe. Pip falls in love with Estella and is awarded the chance to pursue his dream of becoming part of the educated elite and moving to the city of London.
I can’t write about Great Expectations without further mentioning the superb cast. Great Expectations features Daniel Goode, Sean Aydon, Isla Carter, Eliza Collings, James Dinsmore, James Camp and Edward Ferrow.
My absolute favourite has to be Herbert Pocket played by James Camp – what a wonderful actor who (for me) stole the show with his comic timings and sheer talent.
If you are looking for a showstopper, this is the one to see!
It is always a pleasure visiting the Theatre Royal and once again they have pulled off yet another spectacular show! If you would like to book tickets to Great Expectations, you better hurry; shows are only running up until Saturday 10th March.
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