Great Expectations


Great Expectations is, according to a recent Guardian poll, the most popular novel by Charles Dickens – one the English language’s greatest and most prolific writers. Although Great Expectations has been adapted for film on two separate occasions, once by David Lean in 1946 and more recently by Mike Newell in 2012, it has never been produced as a full-length play in London’s West End or on Broadway, as it has been widely believed to be too difficult to translate to the stage. Now, for the very first time, the Dickens classic has been staged at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End, and audiences around the world will be able to share the historic opening night experience at their local cinema. This new adaptation by Jo Clifford, directed by Graham McLaren, has been universally acclaimed as a triumph during its sellout tour of the UK ahead of its West End debut. McLaren’s “outstanding,” “haunting” and “utterly brilliant” production brings some of literature’s most memorable characters to life: the beautiful, chilling Estrella; the terrifying convict Magwitch; the manipulative Jaggers; the tragic and mysterious Mrs. Havisham; and Pip, looking back on his younger self – a boy driven by “great expectations.” Captured live at the West End opening night on February 7th, 2013, and rebroadcast to cinemas worldwide in stunning High Definition, this inventive and exhilarating adaptation of Great Expectations was timed to coincide with the global celebrations surrounding the 200th Anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth in 1812. (Total running time: 135 mins., includes one intermission; Not Rated) Digital