To whittle down a 500-plus page book into nearly two and a half hours of theatre is an epic task. Adaptor Ken Bentley manages to do the job succinctly, nothing feeling particularly rushed or crammed in.
‘Pretty much perfect version’: GREAT EXPECTATIONS – Touring ★★★★★
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.
‘Elegant take on its theatrical invention’: GREAT EXPECTATIONS – Touring
In its emotional forthrightness and playful theatricality, this touring production of Great Expectations is one to watch out for.