Great Expectations adapted for London’s West End

The Charles Dickens novel of Great Expectations has been transformed into a stage production that has enjoyed a successful UK tour and is now heading to London's West End.

Theatre fans staying in central London hotels will be able to see the adaption from the start of February at London's Vauderville theatre.

Jo Clifford has changed the novel into a version that can be performed on stage and will star The Bill's Chris Ellison as Pip's benefactor Magwitch, Coronation Street and Bad Girls star Jack Ellis will take the role of Mr Jaggers, while soap star Paula Wilcox will play Miss Havisham.

Previews start on February 1st, while standard performances being on February 8th and tickets start from £25 each.

The production is directed by Graham McLaren, while set design is by Robin Peoples and costumes by Annie Gosney and Graham McLaren.

Although it is largely regarded as one of the writer's most popular novels and has been adapted for film, television and musicals, it is the first time that a large-scale play of the Great Expectations has been presented to the West End or on Broadway.

The Vaudeville Theatre is a short walk from Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.

Fans of Dickens should also consider visiting the capital's Charles Dickens Museum. The attraction has recently re-opened after a £3.1 million makeover to provide enhanced visitor displays and new facilities.

Entry costs £8 for adults and £4 for children aged between six and 16 and the museum can be found at Number 48 Doughty Street. The building was Dickens's London home from 1837 until 1839 and he wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby while living there.

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