February 14, 2016
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
Previews are Jan. 16-21 | Opening night Jan. 22
Adapted from Charles Dickens by Lucinda Stroud
Directed by Jane Jones
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.
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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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.
Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.*
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon*
*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.
This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.
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Estella, Act II
Miss Havisham, Act I
Pip, Act II
Pip, Act I
Biddy, Act I
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