CROWLEY & CO. and THE HERITAGE ARTS COMPANY present
based on the novel by CHARLES DICKENS, adapted and directed by TOM CROWLEY
12th December 2017 - 6th January 2018
The Old Red Lion Theatre,
418 St. John Street, London EC1V 4NJ
Great Expectations is a funny, fast-paced and moving adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens, catapulting Pip into the 21st century. The script, adapted by Tom Crowley (Shock Treatment, The Quentin Dentin Show) fully reimagines the classic story for the modern day, while capturing Dickens’s humour, his humanity and his sense of adventure. Great Expectations remains a story about the ageless themes of unrequited love, the divide between the rich and the poor, and what it means to be a ‘good person’.
Pip is a council estate boy with no money, and no hope for the future. His mother, widow Jo Gargery, is a police officer struggling to provide for herself and her son. Before long, Pip’s life is changed forever after he meets mysterious fugitive Magwycz, the beautiful but troubled Estella and the fearsome, wounded Miss Havisham. Pip’s whirlwind adventure takes him to the heights of big city success – and into more danger than he could have ever imagined.
FULL CAST ANNOUNCEMENT
Crowley & Co. and The Heritage Arts Company are proud to announce the cast of Tom Crowley’s upcoming adaptation of Great Expectations. Coming to the Old Red Lion Theatre as its Christmas 2017 show, this unique production takes Charles Dickens’ quintessentially Victorian British novel and places it in the diverse and tumultuous England of today.
After open auditions were held for Dickens’ main character in this classic rags to riches story, newcomer Joshua Asaré secured the role of Pip. Asaré has just completed The National Theatre’s Playing Up course, and his recent credits include The Comedy Troll at the Northwall Arts Centre and THREE at the Arcola Theatre. Playing opposite Asaré in the duel role of Estella and Biddy is Maryam Grace. A graduate from The Oxford School of Drama (2015), Grace has recently appeared as Juliet in Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet and Shez in one-woman show, Strawberry Starburst, at IYAF festival, for which she won the Best Individual Performance award.
Sarah Thom is taking on the roles of Jo and Miss Havisham. Thom trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris and frequently works on Radio 4, playing the regular character, Joan, in the long-running comedy, Clare in the Community among other work. In 2012 Thom won the BBC Radio Drama Norman Beaton Fellowship. Thom’s television credits include Taboo, Not Going Out, Doctors and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle and Home Fires. Her extensive theatre work includes: A Taste of Honey & The Adventures of the Stoneheads (National Theatre), the role of Dido in Dido Queen of Carthage (Kensington Palace & The House of St. Barnabas-in-Soho), Posh (The Pleasance) – and most recently her own comedic play Beak Speaks at Underbelly. Christopher Goh will be taking up the mantles of Herbert and Compeyson. His recent theatrical credits include The Arrest of Ai Wei Wei (Hampstead Theatre), Spill (Southwark Playhouse), and The 38th Parallel (Park Theatre/Arcola Theatre) and he’s been part of Coronation Street, You, Me and the Apocalypse, and The Royals.
The double role of both Drummle and Orlick will be portrayed by Peter Wicks. Wicks’ recent credits include The Alchemist (Rose Playhouse), The Elder Brother (Globe Theatre) and, with Crowley & Co., The Awkward Ghost (VAULT Festival). Finally, Liam Bewley will be taking on the roles of Magwycz and Jaggers. Bewley trained at Drama Centre London and has appeared in Footballers’ Wives, Extra Time, and Channel Six among other television programmes and movies. He recently appeared in Birthday Suit at The Old Red Lion which earned him an Offie nomination for Best Actor.