- Publisher: NICK HERN BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 10mm | 100g
- Publication date: 31 May 2006
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1854598902
- ISBN 13: 9781854598905
- Sales rank: 726,595
One of a pair of spectacular Christmas shows from the RSC: a new dramatisation of Dickens by one of our leading directors. "Great Expectations" is one of Dickens's best-loved novels - and, say some critics, his greatest. Covering the story of one man's life - with many autobiographical elements - it tackles big questions of identity while mustering a cast of unforgettable characters, chief amongst them Miss Havisham and Joe Gargery. This brand new dramatisation is the RSC's mainstage Christmas Show, following in the footsteps of "Beauty and the Beast" (also in NHB), which was so successful it played two years running. Declan Donnellan has a huge reputation for exciting work in the theatre. He took his company, "Cheek by Jowl," to worldwide prominence, and his solo career has encompassed gound-breaking Shakespeare as well as modern work. His book, "The Actor and the Target," re-published this season, has outsold all others on the NHB list.
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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the greatest - and most widely read - of novelists writing in English. Great Expectations (1861) is only one of some fifteen novels, all of whose titles are common currency and all of which have been repeatedly dramatised for stage, screen and radio, with, probably, a higher success rate than those of any other writer. Declan Donnellan founded Cheek by Jowl, which he ran for fifteen years, followed by a freelance theatre and opera directing career including an all-male As You Like It, the world premiere of Angels in America at the National Theatre and, most recently, an adaptation also for the National of the Russian farce, The Mandate.
"No story in the first person was ever better told." "From the Trade Paperback edition.