Great Expectations for the big screen

Reporter: Kate Stanbury, first published Fri 11 Jan 2013 17:14
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The new stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations will be screened live in more than 600 cinemas around the world when it opens in the West End on 7 February, marking 101 years to the day since the birth of the much-loved and prolific Victorian author.

Great Expectations, which toured the UK before announcing its impending arrival in the West End, will open at the Vaudeville theatre, from where it will be broadcasted to cinemas in the UK and Ireland, mainland Europe, Canada, the USA, Asia and Australia.

Adapted for the stage by leading Scottish playwright Jo Clifford and directed by Graham McLaren, the production’s cast includes Jack Ellis, Chris Ellison, Paula Wilcox, Paul Nivison, Grace Rowe and Taylor Jay-Davies.

Telling the well-known tale of a humble orphan who is given a new start in life due to a mysterious benefactor, the production marks the first time that Dickens’ much-loved story has ever been staged as a full-scale play either in the West End or on Broadway.

Great Expectations will play at the Vaudeville theatre from 1 February to 1 June following Lindsay Posner’s production of Uncle Vanya, which closes on 26 January.

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