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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS

 
NICHOLAS NICKLEBY
at the Gielgud

IN THE NICK OF TIME
By Roger B. Harris
Published August 20 2007

  Daniel Weyman

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, parts I and II, will once again be with us, when the Charles Dickens novel adapted by David Edgar, comes to the West End's Gielgud Theatre, December 5. The limited engagemen ( 66 performances), is set to run until January 27, 2008. The play is directed by Jonathan Church and Philip Franks.

Edgar has substantially rewritten the plays from his original adaptation, done for the landmark RSC production in 1980. The cast, 27 in number play over 100 parts. That cast includes Daniel Weyman as Nicholas, David Dawson as Smike, Pip Donaghy as Wackford Squeers and Sir Mulberry Hawk, Zoe Waites as Fanny Squeers, Veronica Roberts as Mrs. Squeers and Mrs Crummles, Hannah Yelland as Kate Nickleby, Jonathan Coy as Vincent Crummles, Abigail McKern as Mrs. Nickleby, David Yelland as Ralph Nickleby and Richard Bremmer as Newman Noggs.

One of Dickens' best loved novels , it revolves around the journey of Nicholas Nickleby, left penniless on the death of his father, as he tries to protect his mother and sister from financial destitution and ruin. Along the way, he has many adventures and encounters a variety of eccentric characters, some loveable, did anyone say Newman Noggs and the Crummles Theatre Company, and others the very definition of evil, such as his Uncle Ralph, and the tyrannical school master Wackford Squeers.

 


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