Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens | Directed by Lisa Harrington | Performed March 2023

Amongst the most familiar and well-loved of Dickens’ classic novels, ‘Great Expectations’ is brought to life on stage by New Era Players in this adaptation by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan, which was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2005. Pip, an orphan from the marshes of Kent, comes into money in mysterious circumstances. His benefactor is unknown, but he suspects the hand of the eccentric recluse, Miss Havisham, in his good fortune. The story follows his life as he moves from poverty to wealth, from the lowly blacksmith’s to the streets of London, encountering a cast of colourful characters along the way. This stage adaptation retains the spirit and vivacity of Dickens’ prose, in a modern and lively production.

If you would like to see the story come alive on stage, tickets are available online at

For other enquiries, email the Box Office at or call 07919 916009.

The show runs from 16 – 18 and 21 – 25 March 2023, at New Era Theatre, Andover Road, Wash Common, Newbury, RG14 6NU.

Tickets are £12 each. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.


Young Pip – Peter Lilleystone
Mrs Joe/Molly – Karen Ashby
Magwitch – Keith Keer
Joe Gargery – David Tute
Pumblechook – Keith Phillips
Miss Wopsle – Suzanne Pearson
Mr Hubble/Wemmick – Ranjan Bhuyan
Mrs Hubble – Sheila Berry
Sergeant/Orlick – Sean Strange
Compeyson/Startop – Gareth Croft
Young Estella – Paige Warren on 16th, 21st, 23rd & 25th
Sophia Bailey on 17th, 18th, 22nd & 24th
Miss Havisham – Georgie Gale
Young Herbert – Lucas Atkins
Jaggers – Stephen Bennett
Pip – Jack Harman
Biddy – Sally Hall
Herbert Pocket – Oscar Flynn-Dalargy
Drummle – Chris Billingham
Estella – Emily Beck
Serving Wench/Chorus – Charis Higgins


Director – Lisa Harrington
Stage Manager – Gareth Capner
Lighting / Sound – John Cordery, Crispin Bishop
Prompt – Georgie Gale/Karen Ashby
Set – Nigel Winter, Alessio Falino, Brian Harrington, Stephen Bennett, Jane Read
Costumes – Brenda Agutter & Maddy Winter (for Miss Havisham, Young Estella, Pip & Herbert)
Props – Jane Read
Front of House – Gareth Croft
Publicity – Sally Hall
Box Office – Stephen Bennett
Programme – Editor Webb

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