Based on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, adapted by Kate McGregor.

This radical and imaginative adaptation of the highly-popular novel ‘Great Expectations’ dives into the heart of literature’s most unforgettable heroine - Estella. A co production with the acclaimed Theatre 6.

Touring to venues this summer:

Riverhouse Barn Theatre

Brighton Open Air Theatre 

Clapham Omnibus

“I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”

(Estella, Great Expectations)

This ground-breaking, imaginative and vibrant new adaptation of the highly-popular novel ‘Great Expectations’ dives into the heart of one of literature’s most unforgettable heroines - Estella. This re-envisioning of Dicken’s best-loved novel, led by a band of three actor musicians, follows the story of Estella’s astonishing self-discovery. Against a backdrop of live original music and visual theatre making, audiences will witness the true nature of Estella’s relationship with Miss Havisham and her desperation to discover her real Mother’s identity. In this radical re-working, will Pip and Estella be together forever? Will Estella finally be able to leave her dark past behind and step into the light?

Co-produced by multi-award winning Theatre6 (The Scottsboro Boys - West End, Persuasion, Gabriel) and Tales Re-told (Uncle Vanya, Antigone, More Light), written by Kate McGregor with live original music by Maria Haik Escudero and production design by Charlotte Cooke. We collectively believe in the importance of placing diverse female perspectives at the heart of what we create – generating new equity through the re-working of classic tales.

Running time: approx 120 minutes


Co Producer - Cas Hodges

Director - Kate McGregor

Composer - Maria Haik - Escudero

Designer - Charlotte Cooke

Lighting - Pete Rickards

Sound - Paul Freeman


Estella - Afia Abusham

Mrs Havisham - Annabelle Brown

Molly - Olivia Warren

Previous reviews for Theatre 6

★★★★ "A rewarding, haunting evening"

The Telegraph (Gabriel)

★★★★★“Captivating. Full of emotion and drama” 

Windsor Express (Persuasion)

★★★★★"Brave, brilliant and unmissable. I urge you to buy a ticket"

The Times (The Scottsboro Boys)

Previous reviews for Tales Retold

★★★★★" ‘Lively and futuristic all-female take on an ancient classic’ The Stage (Antigone)