While the fifth star or mouse is often supposed by tradition to belong only to life-changing innovation, in awarding it now I must make it clear that for me the fifth one is often more fitly represented by a heart. I loved the production. It will be a delight to Dickensians everywhere, and a means of conversion to others. Bravo.
In its emotional forthrightness and playful theatricality, this touring production of Great Expectations is one to watch out for.
It wasn’t an official Sound of Music Singalong, but rapturous audience members forming an impromptu ensemble as the overture led into the second half of the show.