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.
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.