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Great Expectations are met by the cast at Theatre by the Lake this season as they present a great adaptation of Charles Dicken’s novel for the stage writes Karen Morley.
The stage version has been sensitively adapted by Neil Bartlett and the 2012 cast take you on the journey from the simple marshlands to the sophisticated London society via Miss Havisham’s mansion seamlessly.
The set is beautifully adapted via lighting and special effects to create the backdrop of Pip’s rapid decent from poor orphan to city gent.
George Banks as Pip captures the innocence of the character and also his progression for boy to man beautifully.
Special mention must also be given to Maggie Tagney’s portrayal of the tragic Miss Havisham.
James Duke is a terrifying Magwitch, the escapee from the prison ship who terrifies Pip in the early scenes.
The use of a “freeze frame” technique on stage is very dramatic and gives another means of moving the story along.
A well cast production, working with a classic tale and well written script.
Those familiar with the novel may wonder how this gripping tale of Pip’s unusual life could be captured in just a couple of hours with one set on stage. The answer to this is brilliantly at Theatre by the Lake.
o Great Expectations by Charles Dickens adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett runs at Theatre by the Lake’s Main Stage until November 10, 2012.