Great Expectations Closing at the Vaudeville Theatre
The Adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Novel Set to Close Early in the West End Despite Positive Reception
In December it was announced that Paula Wilcox would be starring in Jo Clifford’s stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, with the show eventually opening at the beginning of last month. The production was originally due to continue into the summer with an end-date of Saturday 1st June 2013 and now it has been revealed that it is to close early.
The production had already been on tour around the country ahead of its debut in London and according to producers the show had been seen favourably by audiences, but ultimately economics is to blame for the show’s demise.
Great Expectations is a coming-of-age tale following the character of Pip as he attempts to discover the truth about himself. His travels see him come face to face with poverty and terror, including encounters with Abel Magwitch, an escaped convict, in 19th century Kent.
It was penned by Dickens’ in the 19th century with its publication taking place in the 1860s. Since then it has been held in high regards, much like other works by Dickens, and remains an important part of his back catalogue.
Paula Wilcox, one of the stars of the show, is a well known actress who has appeared in a wealth of television shows over the years. Her credits range from recent television programmes like The Green Green Grass, Rock And Chips, Holby City and The Smoking Room. Meanwhile, she is also known for The Queen’s Nose, Miss Jones And Son and, perhaps her most famous show, Man About The House.
Her co-stars include Chris Ellison, Jack Ellis and Paul Nivison, with Ellison previously appearing in the likes of Judge John Deed, Doctor Who, The Professionals and The Sweeney, among others.
There is no word on what will be replacing Great Expectations as of writing, with The Ladykillers the only announced show for the Vaudeville Theatre (and that does not begin until June). However, audiences still have some time to pick up theatre tickets for the production as it bows out on Saturday 30th March 2013.