Pip, a poor village boy, finds two chance meetings set his life on an unexpected course. At the water’s edge, he has a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict. In the decaying grandeur of Miss Haversham’s house, he falls hopelessly in love with the heartless Estella. When an anonymous benefactor helps him move to Calcutta, the heart of the British Raj, Pip pursues his great expectations and his dream of winning Estella’s heart. Relocating Pip’s extraordinary journey to nineteenth-century India, this coming-of-age story, evoking some of Dickens’ most colourful characters, is faithful to the period of the book and the richness of Dickens’ language – a vivid theatrical retelling of a universally loved masterpiece.
Great Expectations was directed by Nikolai Foster and performed in 2011 at Watford Palace Theatre. It also toured the UK with English Touring Theatre.
In 2017 Gupta’s adaptation goes to Chicago! Remy Bumppo Theatre Company and Silk Road Rising are bringing Great Expectations to Chicago from May 11th – July 2nd. The play has been recieved well every time it has been performed
“It’s the rags-to-riches storyline which appealed to me” The Arts Desk
“Tanika Gupta’s adaptation brings a colonial eye to Charles Dickens’s orphan story.” Time Out
“If you are looking for a traditional Dickensian tale of London, prepare yourself for something slightly different.” A Younger Theatre
“Gripping story revolving around a cast of intriguing characters” Chicago Sun Times