Great Expectations for Sidmouth stage

Hotbuckle Productions stage new play based on Dickens’ novel at Sidmouth

FOLLOWING box office record-breaking sales of tickets to see the Sleeping Beauty ballet in Sidmouth in April, Graham Whitlock, manager at Sidmouth’s Manor Pavilion Theatre, is hoping for another sell-out this month.

Great Expectations, a new play by Adrian Preater, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, will be performed by Hotbuckle Productions at the theatre on Saturday, March 24 from 7.30pm.

The cast explodes on to the stage with this “clever and novel rebirth of the famous classic, that will not fail to grip you through its contemporary approach,” says Graham.

This bicentennial year of Dickens’ birth sees Adrian, Hotbuckle’s artistic director, re-work this classic story of orphan Pip’s journey from boyhood to manhood as he seeks to find his place in an inhospitable world.

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Adrian’s adaptation, skillfully brought to life by a cast of five, is described as “innovative, hilarious and poignant.”

It is a story of love and loss, guilt and shame, fear and courage. Whether or not you are a Dickens traditionalist, this is a must see for adults and children alike.

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Tickets are �11 or �9 concessions, and the box office opens Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

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