Rococo Players’ 2022 Production: “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens

Adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett

Performances: Week beginning Monday 5th September 2022
Performance venue: St Mary De Crypt , Gloucester
Directed by: Antoinette Wilson

We are delighted to announce that our next production will be “Great Expectations”, the well-known and well-loved coming-of-age tale by Charles Dickens.

About the production

In this classic story of love, hope and survival, we follow the fortunes of Pip, a lonely orphan, from the windswept marshes of the Thames estuary to his adult life in London.

Along the way we meet a host of memorable characters, who will give Rococo actors an exciting opportunity to hone their skills and experience a lively, fast-paced ensemble production.

The cast size is elastic, needing a minimum of 8 actors, both male and female, with a wide range of ages. Some doubling may be required, but many of the parts will also be combined into the Company, who act as a chorus and move the action along through words and movement.

Our rehearsal period is quite short, so we will need real commitment to the production, especially as the rehearsals run through July and August.

Although there will be some flexibility (once you have let me know your availability, I will fashion the schedule around you) the nature of ensemble work is that everyone is involved most of the time.

Audition information

Auditions will be held at Chester House, The Reddings, Cheltenham GL51 6RL on:

Sunday 22nd May from 2.00pm
Wednesday 25th May from 7.00pm

Audition material will be posted on the Rococo website in a few days.

Rehearsal information

There will be a whole cast read through on Sunday 26th June at 2.00pm.

Rehearsals will start the week beginning Monday 27th June.

Days and venues to be decided.

Characters

Pip
The narrator of the story who tells of his rise to wealth. The play starts with a 7 year old Pip and follows through until his mid 30s. Don’t worry about the ages!!

Joe Gargery
A kind blacksmith who is married to Pip’s sister. Joe remains faithful and loving to Pip and is always there in his hour of need.

Mrs. Joe Gargery
Pip’s abusive older sister who constantly reminds Pip of all she has done for him, especially “raising him up by hand.”

Biddy
The kind young girl who is Pip’s early confidant and who understands him well enough to see through him.

Uncle Pumblechook
Joe’s pompous, self-important uncle who arranges for Pip to visit Miss Havisham’s house and who arrogantly assumes himself to be the reason for Pip’s good fortune.

Mr. Wopsle
A clerk in Pip’s church.

Miss Havisham
The strange, reclusive woman who was abandoned and swindled by her fiancé on her wedding day. She has raised Estella to exact revenge on all men. Pip assumes that Miss Havisham is his benefactress.

Estella
The beautiful and haughty adopted daughter of Miss Havisham who taunts and attracts Pip. She is trained to mistreat all men but after an abusive marriage grows to be a kinder person. Again, we first meet her as a child and follow her through to her adult life.

Sarah Pocket
Miss Havisham’s toadying relative who pretends to care for her but who is waiting to inherit her money. She resents Pip and see him as a threat.

Mr. Jaggers
An immensely successful London trial lawyer; feared by all but loved by none. He first tells Pip of his expectations and serves as his guardian. He was Magwitch’s trial lawyer and is Miss Havisham’s personal attorney.

John Wemmick
The chief clerk for Jaggers. In the office, he is unemotional but at home is a caring, gentle man who becomes friends with Pip.

Herbert Pocket (Pale Young Gentleman)
Pip first meets him at Miss Havisham’s when the two have a fistfight. They later live together in London and become best friends. Herbert is kind, unassuming, and loyal to Pip.

Magwitch
The convict on the marshes who later becomes wealthy in Australia and is the source of Pip’s expectations. He is the father of Estella and a former partner in crime with Compeyson, who betrayed him.

Compeyson (Second Convict)

A smooth-talking upper-class criminal arrested for forgery with Magwitch. Before that, he jilted Miss Havisham and swindled money from her.

Bentley Drummle
A belligerent gentleman who later marries Estella.

For further information, please contact Antoinette Wilson at ametwilson@gmail.com or message 07943924866.