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Great Expectations

January 16 – February 14, 2016
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Great Expectations

  • Previews are Jan. 16-21 | Opening night Jan. 22
  • Adapted from Charles Dickens by Lucinda Stroud
  • Directed by Jane Jones

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Based on Charles Dickens’ classic coming of age novel, Great Expectations tells the adventures of the Victorian orphan Pip. As a boy, Pip has three encounters with people that will change his life: the escaped convict Magwitch, the bewitching and cold Estella, and the unhinged Miss Havisham. When Pip comes into an unforeseen fortune and begins the life of a gentleman his past is not so easily left behind, and the surprising adventures of his new life are decidedly unexpected.

Run Time:
Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes; including one intermission.

General Performance Times:
Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Thursdays at noon
Wednesday, Feb. 10 at noon
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Who’s Who:
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Great Expectations is recommended for ages 12+. Contains theatrical haze, strobe lighting, cobwebs and plot twists. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.

More About This Production

What the Dickens?

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Class and Fortune in "Great Expectations"

The British Library explores the world of Great Expectations as one in which fortunes can be suddenly made and just as suddenly lost.

“Great Expectations” on the Silver Screen

Like many of Dickens’ works, Great Expectations shares a rich tradition of adaptations on the silver screen.

The Costumes of “Great Expectations”

A look at the costume renderings for Great Expectations designed by Ron Erickson.

Estella, Act II

Miss Havisham, Act I


Pip, Act II


Pip, Act I

Biddy, Act I

ABOUT THE COSTUME DESIGNERRon Erickson had the privilege of designing the costumes for Book-It Repertory Theatre’s original production of Great Expectations, and ...

Coming of Age in “Great Expectations”

By PCS Literary Manager Benjamin Fainstein

English culture underwent rapid change in the mid-eighteenth century. People of all economic classes flocked to cities like London in the wake of the period’s industrial progress. This process of urbanization gave rise to an entrepreneurial middle class with enough ...

An Interview with Director Jane Jones

Jane Jones, the founder and co-artistic director of Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theatre, is currently in Portland to direct Great Expectations for Portland Center Stage. Jane worked closely with adapter Lucinda Stroud to develop this adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel, which had its world premiere ...

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