Great Expectations

A Mercury Production

GE 1920 1
Show Information
Showing on:
Sat 27 May 2023
Approx. 2hrs 20mins, incl. interval
Age Guidance:
A Mercury Production

Charles Dickens’ best-loved novel is brought to life on stage in this thrilling adaptation from Gale Childs Daly, directed by the Mercury’s Creative Director, Ryan McBryde (The Comedy of Errors, Baskerville, Oliver!).

Pip, a blacksmith’s apprentice and orphan, dreams of becoming a London gentleman. When his wish is granted by a mysterious benefactor, his life becomes one extraordinary encounter after another. He is plunged into a world of dark secrets and cruel twists of fate, where beautiful girls are used as weapons and nothing is more important than knowing who you are and remembering where you came from.

Featuring some of the most iconic characters in literature, join us on a gripping journey as Pip unravels the truth behind his own great expectations in the gloomy corners of Miss Havisham’s Satis Hall.

A compelling and dramatic treat for a new generation of theatre lovers.

Content to Consider

This performance contains flashing lights and scenes of mild peril.

Please note

Our Mercury Adult Company will be doing a a 15 minute performance (a curtain raiser) inspired by the works of Charles Dickens, created in their weekly sessions, prior to the show on Fri 26 May at 7pm.


There will be a Captioned performance on Fri 26 May, 7.30pm and an Audio Described performance on Sat 27 May, 2:30pm (with a Touch Tour at 1pm).

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You can book a Schools Workshop – Great Expectations. Through our informative, fun and practical workshops, explore the themes, characters and world of this Dickens classic before you see the show. Workshops complement both the show and the study of any Dickens text such as A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist.

Find out more

There is a schools offer of £11.50 tickets, with 1 free ticket for a teacher or member of support staff per 10 tickets sold.

You can book today (and even pre-order your ice cream) by filling in our form or by calling our customer experience team on 01206 573948. Please be aware the form will ask you for your first and second choice performances dates and times, so please do have a look through the performance schedule below before heading over to the form.

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Stanton Wright

Stanton Wright


Theatre credits include Twelfth Night (RSC), The Winter’s Tale (National Theatre), All or Nothing (Ambassadors Theatre/UK tour), Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre), Orlando, Pictures of Dorian Gray (Jermyn Street Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Lion in Winter (English Theatre Frankfurt), Sleeping Beauty (Liverpool Everyman), Lord of the Flies (The Courtyard, Hereford), Take Me Here by the Dishwasher (Barbican Theatre) and This Moose Belongs to Me (Unicorn Theatre).

Gareth Kennerley

Gareth Kennerley

Narrator 1

Theatre credits include Trouble in Butetown (Donmar Warehouse), Othello, The Corn is Green, War Horse, Saint Joan (National Theatre), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), The Tragedy of Macbeth (Almeida Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Australian Shakespeare Company at Kew Gardens), Crystal Clear (Old Red Lion Theatre), House and Garden (Watermill Theatre), Five Guys Chillin’ (King’s Head Theatre), Carmen (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Dundee Rep), Doctor Faustus, The School for Scandal (Greenwich Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible), Under Milk Wood (Tricycle Theatre) and The Pendulum (Jermyn Street Theatre). For film, his credits include My Policeman.

Sam Lupton

Sam Lupton

Narrator 2

Theatre credits include Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Avenue Q, Beyond Therapy, The Ladykillers, Little Shop of Horrors (UK tours), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), The Last Five Years (Bolton Albert Halls), Spring and Port Wine (Oldham Coliseum), Starting Here, Starting Now (The Pheasantry, Chelsea), Single Sex, Galka Motalka (Royal Exchange Theatre), Love on the Dole, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Hired Man (Bolton Octagon). For television, his credits include This England.

Emily Pollet

Emily Pollet

Narrator 3

Theatre credits include Stick Man (Soho Theatre), Hay Fever (UK tour), The Fox (English Theatre Frankfurt), Whisper (Royal Court Theatre), Jekyll and Hyde (Perth Theatre), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (New Vic Theatre), Twelfth Night, Scenes from an Execution, Danny Crowe Show, Dumbstruck, Peter Pan, Cinderella (Dundee Rep Theatre), I See Myself As a Bit of an Indiana Jones Figure (Old Red Lion Theatre) and Havisham (Battersea Arts Centre). For television, her credits include Emmerdale as series regular Gail Williams.

Bessy Ewa

Bessy Ewa

Narrator 4

Theatre credits include & Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre), Back to the Future: The Musical (Adelphi Theatre) and Next Thing You Know (Garden Theatre).

Jim Fish

Jim Fish

Narrator 5

Theatre credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), The Winter’s Tale, King Lear, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (RSC), 4:48 Psychosis, Two, Gold Dust (Deafinitely Theatre), Seven Jewish Children (Hackney Empire) and The Tempest (Nottingham Playhouse). For film, his credits include The Brits are Coming.


Writer: Charles Dickens
Adaptor: Gale Childs Daly
 Ryan McBryde
Designer: Libby Todd
Sound Designer/Composer: Stefan Janik
Movement Director: Chihiro Kawasaki
Casting Director: Natalie Gallacher c/o Pippa Ailion Casting
Casting Consultant: Pippa Ailion
Associate Casting Director: Richard Johnston c/o Pippa Ailion Casting
Assistant Director (Birkbeck Placement): Emmy Briggs


Your expectations will be met!

British Theatre Guide


Inventively and energetically directed

British Theatre Guide


An engaging and visually impressive production



A creative and captivating take on the classic story


Adds a touch of theatrical flair that no doubt Dickens himself would approve of

The Stage

Imaginative direction

The Stage

Everything about this show is brilliant


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