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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts I & II

by Charles Dickens adapted by David Edgar

Gielgud Theatre,
Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR
Box Office 0870 950 0915
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Buses: 14, 19, 38

will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue for 66 performances from Wednesday December 5 until Sunday January 27 2008. The press performances will be on Saturday 8 December at 2.00pm and 7.00pm.

This Chichester Festival production was a complete sell out last year. It is directed by Jonathan Church and Philip Franks. There will be a UK tour prior to the West End and subsequent season at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto from February to April 2008, produced by Duncan C Weldon and Paul Elliott for Triumph Entertainment Ltd.

Dickens’ comic masterpiece follows Nicholas Nickleby, left penniless on the death of his father, as he escapes the influence of his villainous Uncle Ralph and the tyrannical schoolmaster Wackford Squeers, on his journey through 1830’s England. Along the way he encounters a variety of eccentric characters including the warm-hearted Crummles Theatre Company.

David Edgar’s adaptation was a landmark RSC production in 1980. He has substantially rewritten the plays. A cast of 27 play over 100 parts. The cast includes Daniel Weyman as Nicholas (nominated for 2006 TMA Best Actor Award). David Dawson (Smike), Pip Donaghy (Mr Squeers, Sir Mulberry Hawk), Veronica Roberts (Mrs Squeers & Mrs Crummles), Zoë Waites (Fanny Squeers), Hannah Yelland (Kate Nickleby), Abigail McKern (Mrs Nickleby). Jonathan Coy is Vincent Crummles and Arthur Gride, David Yelland (Ralph Nickleby), Richard Bremmer (Newman Noggs). The design is by Simon Higlett, with lighting by Mark Jonathan, music by Matthew Scott, movement by Shona Morris, sound by Matt Mackenzie and music director is Paul Frankish.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director Jonathan Church has just directed ‘Hobson’s Choice’ and CFT Associate Philip Franks directed ‘Twelfth Night’ with Patrick Stewart. Daniel Weyman’s credits include as Jaques in ‘As You Like It’ Sheffield and RSC Swan, David Dawson portrayed Frank Rice in ‘The Entertainer’ at the Old Vic earlier this year. Jonathan Coy was last seen in the West End in ‘Donkeys’ Years’. David Yelland’s extensive stage credits include ‘Man And Boy’ last year. Hannah Yelland played the lead in ‘Daisy Pulled It Off’ at the Lyric.

Running Time: Part 1 3 hrs, Part 2 3 hrs 30 mins
Prices: £20.00 - £49.50 + booking fee

10 August 2007