“I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”

(Estella, Great Expectations)


This ground-breaking, imaginative and vibrant new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’ dives straight to the heart of one of literature’s most unforgettable heroines - Estella. This re-envisioning led by a band of three actor musicians, follows Estella’s astonishing unheard story of self-discovery against a backdrop of live original music and visual theatre making. In Theatre6 and Tales Retold’s radical re-working, audiences will explore the true nature of Estella’s relationship with Miss Haversham and her desperation to discover her real Mother’s identity. Will Pip and Estella grow old together? Will Estella finally be able to leave her dark past behind her and step into the light? 


Co-produced by multi-award winning Theatre6 (The Scottsboro Boys - West End, Persuasion, Gabriel) and Tales Retold (Uncle Vanya, Antigone, More Light), adapted by Kate McGregor with an original score by Maria Haik Escudero and production design by Charlotte Cooke. We collectively believe in the importance of placing diverse female narratives at the heart of what we create – generating new perspectives through the re-working of classic tales. 


★★★★ "A rewarding, haunting evening" The Telegraph (Gabriel)

★★★★★“Captivating. Full of emotion and drama” Windsor Express (Persuasion)

★★★★★"Brave, brilliant and unmissable. I urge you to buy a ticket" The Times (The Scottsboro Boys)