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“All the mists on the marshes had risen... And the whole world lay spread before me; like a dream."

Adapted by Neil Bartlett   

“...The Watermill has pulled off an incredibly innovative adaptation.” The Stage

"This is a stunning innovative production that exceeds all expectations." The British Theatre Guide

“...a must-see for all Dickens fans.” Marlborough People

"...just amazing... Inventive, witty and moving." Audience member

Thu 29 Sep 2011 - Sat 05 Nov 2011

Click here to see interviews with cast members Edward (Pip), Kazia (Miss Havisham) and Stephen (Magwitch)

“...an admirable piece of work.” The Oxford Times

“...just had to ask you to pass on congrats to all...Fantastic.”

“Fantastic use of physical theatre, use of soundscapes, imaginative set,
depiction of Dickensian world, many strong, inventive and versatile performers...”

A terrifying encounter in a fog-laden churchyard changes orphan Pip’s life forever. Against the dramatic backdrop of the vast, windswept marshes, Pip struggles to come to terms with his mysterious “great expectations.” Haunted by the eccentric Miss Havisham and tormented by his love for the cold-hearted and capricious Estella, Pip’s changed fortunes take him to London to become a gentleman. When his benefactor is revealed, a dramatic chain of events unfolds.

Dickens’ much-loved novel is filled with vividly drawn characters brought to life by acclaimed theatrical adaptor, Neil Bartlett.

Great Expectations is directed by Paul Hart who directed Heroes last year at The Watermill and is Associate Director for Propeller.

The terrific cast is made up of Kazia Pelka (Maggie in TV's Heartbeat, Hazel Wilding in Coronation Street and DSI Melissa Temple in New Tricks) who makes a return to The Watermill having last appeared in Caste. Also, Jed Aukin (Shared Experience), Emma Beattie (Donmar), Stephen Finegold (Shared Experience, The National Theatre), Russell Layton (Globe, RSC, Salisbury Playhouse) and Thomas Padden (Propellers' Richard III and The Comedy of Errors and John Doyle's Merrily We Roll Along). Up and coming talent Edward Hancock and Mabel Jones will play Pip and Estella.

Mon evenings & Thurs matinées 
£14.50, £15
Tues, Weds, Thurs evenings and Sat matinées
£15, £22, £24
Fri & Sat evenings
£16.50, £24, £26

Children under 16, Students in full-time education, senior citizens, Job Seekers, people with disabilities and their companions and Equity Members
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, evenings £2 off top two price bands

Student Standby
All tickets £3 available from the box office from midday on the day of the show (subject to availability).

Free teacher’s ticket with every 15 seats booked, excluding Monday.
For matinées all seats £7.
Tuesday to Friday evenings £2 off top two price bands.

Groups of 10 or more
Tuesday to Friday evenings
10% off top two price bands
Special rates on Saturday matinées
Groups of 15 or more also get 1 free party organiser ticket.

For school and group bookings please call the box office on 01635 46044 or email

First week special
On the first Thurs and Fri seats are £14.50 and £15
(no other discounts apply)

West Berkshire Residents Green Card discounts
10% of top two price bands on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday matinée and evening from 4 to 6 October. (no other discounts apply)

Meal Deal
Tue, Wed and Thurs night meal deal – two course post-show meal with coffee and a top price ticket for the show only £34.
Must be booked through the box office 01635 46044. 

Performance running times
First Act          1 hour
Interval            20 mins
Second Act     1 hour

Performance Times
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinées at 2.30pm
(please note there is no matinée performance on Thursday 29 September)
Saturday 5 November performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm 

Directed by Paul Hart
Designed by Laura McEwen
Lighting designed by Richard Howell
Composer & Sound Designer Tom Mills