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Watford Palace Theatre to re-imagine Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’

Watford Palace Theatre and the English Touring Theatre have announced plans to stage a unique new version of the Charles Dickens classic ‘Great Expectations’; setting the epic novel in the bustling streets of 19th Century Calcutta. Based on an adaptation by playwright Tanika Gupta, Dickens’ coming-of-age story of Pip and his ambition of becoming a gentleman, will be transported straight to the very heart of British India. 


Pip’s poverty-stricken life is set on an unexpected course, first after a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict. Then in the crumbling mansion of Miss Haversham, he falls hopeless in love witht he heartless Estella. When an anonymous benefactor helps him move to Calcutta, Pip pursues his great expectatons and his dream of winning Estella’s heart. 


Directed by Nikolai Foster (Flashdance), the production holds true to what is arguably Dickens’ best loved work; merely replacing the bleak English countryside with the chaos of the first capital of the British Raj.

‘Great Expectations’ runs from 17th February to 12th March at the Watford Palace Theatre.

For more information contact:

A Watford Palace Theatre and English Touring Theatre Production
Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Tanika Gupta
17 February to 12 March 2011
Watford Palace Theatre
20 Clarendon Road
Watford, WD17 1JZ
Box Office: 01923 225671



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