GREAT EXPECTATIONS is a cracking London story with drama, comedy, pathos and romance that has consistently entertained people for over 150 years.
The themes of Dickens’ novel will resonate deeply with contemporary Londoners of all ages, particularly its examination of class and social mobility, exploration of love and obsession, and the questions it poses as to how we think about family.
Staging Dickens’ work fulfils our long-term commitment to introducing classic or classical works to those who may not otherwise have access to the world’s great literature and drama.
Set in mid-Victorian England, GREAT EXPECTATIONS tells of Pip’s impoverished rural childhood, during which he helps a run-away convict and is engaged by the wealthy, eccentric Miss Havisham as a play-thing for her adopted daughter Estella; with whom he falls in love.
An unexpected fortune from a mysterious benefactor propels him, as a young man, into London’s high society where his new status suddenly makes marriage to Estella a real possibility.
A series of dramatic revelations concerning his past, however, unsettle and threaten his future, drawing events to a thrilling conclusion in which Pip discovers his true self.
Bring your own picnic chair or blanket to sit on.
We have a limited number of deck chairs and benches available on a first-come-first-served basis at each performance.
The show is for all ages and Saturday includes an ‘Intro to Dickins’ workshops from 12pm for children ages 7-15 years old.
Geffrye Museum of the Home
136 Kingsland Road,