Tag Archive for English Literature

Great Expectations – An Inventive Reworking

Great Expectations, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury Pity the poor dramatist faced with adapting  Dickens’ Great Expectations. First, it’s long: some recent theatre versions have clocked in at well over three hours. Second, it’s a novel of infinite complexity, the work of a mature writer at the peak of his powers and exploring numerous themes. Third, we all…

Conquered by Comedy

She Stoops to Conquer – National Theatre For many years, Oliver Goldsmith’s farcical comedy of manners rested in the doldrums, the stuff of school plays and good, clean fun. Now the National Theatre has brought to life this gem of the eighteenth century in one of the merriest evenings on the London stage. We enter the…

Greatly Expected… Greatly Disappointed

Great Expectations – Part 1 – BBC1, 27 December 2012 Any adaptation of Great Expectations is a tall order: it’s such a well loved novel and it’s hard to better David Lean’s superb black and white version – somehow the black and white captures perfectly the atmosphere of an almost gothic novel.  Yet the  image during…