Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens
Adapted for the stage by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan

25th to 27th November 2010
Lincoln Drill Hall

Our 20th production was an ambitious one: an adaptation commissioned by the RSC of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.

It required a cast of 27, countless changes of Victorian costume, complex sound and light effects, original music and a set which had to transport our audience to the Essex marshes, a prison, a forge, a country mansion, a London lawyer's office, the river Thames by night and much else besides.

Director Dave Lintin, ably assisted by producer Su Toogood and a hard-working cast and crew, achieved a production which ranks among the best Common Ground has staged.

The play also gave us an opportunity to welcome a number of new members who made a name for themselves on stage, including Dom McAndrew as Bentley Drummle, Adrian Snow as Herbert, John Beverley as Magwitch and Janet Marshall as Miss Havisham.

And we mustn't forget youngsters Alfie Lewis and Emma Street who acquitted themselves admirably as young Pip and young Estella.

Young Pip - Alfie LewisGreat Expectations
Magwitch - John Beverley
Mrs Joe - Vicky Ashberry
Joe Gargery - Tony Smith
Compeyson - John Leighton
Mr Pumblechook - Ian Smith
Mr Hubble - Dave Hewitt
Mrs Hubble - Eileen Finningley
Wopsle - Graham King
Sergeant - Dom McAndrew
Young Estella - Emma Street
Miss Havisham - Janet Marshall
Young Herbert - Jacob Grantham
Pip - Steve Gillard
Orlick -Dave Hewitt
Biddy - Lisa Hewitt Smith
Mr Jaggers - Tim Bradford
Petitioners - Dave Hewitt, Honor and Jacob Grantham
Wemmick - John Leighton
Herbert - Adrian Snow
Bentley Drummle - Dom McAndrew
Startop - David Asher
Molly - Alison G Clubley
Estella - Alex Thornton
Watchman - Dave Hewitt
Young Magwitch - Jacob Grantham
Counsel - Graham King
Beadle - Ian Smith
Officer - Dom McAndrew
Bailiff - Ian Smith

All other parts played by the company: Helen Fleshbourne, Holly Eggboro, Karen Ryan, Katie Gray, Sheila Thomas and Su Toogood

Director & Stage Manager - David Lintin
Co-Director & Producer - Su Toogood
Assistant Stage Manager - Nick Dunnett
Lighting - Ed Purle
Sound and original music - Mark Scales
Set - Dave Lintin, Pete Swift & family
Wardrobe - Carolyn Jones, Su Toogood, Anne Culling
Props - Carolyn Jones, Su Toogood, Anne Culling, Ian Smith
FOH, programme & publicity - Jez Ashberry

 

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