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Reading Open Air

Great ExpectationsGREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens

20-30 July 2022

No performance on Sunday 24 July

A new, faithful, and fast-paced adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale for the stage. As the sun sets over the ruins of Reading Abbey, see how orphan Pip comes into his "great expectations". His journey from a boy to apprentice blacksmith, to young gentleman, is packed with surprises and setbacks.

His older sister brings up the young Pip "by hand". The kindness of her husband, Joe, compensates for her casual cruelty. After a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict, Pip obeys a summons from the reclusive Miss Havisham to play at her house. There he meets the haughty Estella, with whom he becomes besotted.

Some years later, Jaggers, a lawyer, surprises Joe and Pip with news of Pip's great expectations. But who is his mysterious benefactor? Can he now win the love of coldhearted Estella? And will his new wealth make him happy?

Join Pip and a cast of memorable characters for a timeless tale of mystery, humour and redemption.

Reading Abbey Ruins

Adapted for the stage by John R.Goodman.

Script available at Amazon.


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