As part of the bicentenary celebrations of Charles Dickens, a new stage adaptation of Great Expectations will begin a national tour at Richmond Theatre on 13 September ahead, according to press material, of a West End transfer.

Jack Ellis (Coronation Street, Where the Heart Is, Bad Girls) will star as Jaggers, Chris Ellison (The Bill) as Magwitch, and Paul Nivison as Adult Pip, with Paula Wilcox (Emmerdale, The Smoking Room, Man About the House) as Miss Havisham.

Great Expectations has been adapted for the stage by Scottish playwright Jo Clifford and will be directed and co-designed by Graham McLaren, an associate director for the National Theatre of Scotland.

Great Expectations will be co-designed by Robin Peoples, with lighting by Kai Fischer, original music by Simon Slater and sound by Matt McKenzie. Giovanni Bedin for House of Worth will be creating the couture elements of the show, including Miss Havisham’s wedding dress.

Produced by Bruce Athol MacKinnon on behalf of Beckman Unicorn and Satis House Productions, the tour visits Woking, Brighton, Birmingham, Aberdeen among others.

- by Rosie Bannister