On Tuesday 29th May, I went to see Great Expectations at the Churchill Thetare in Bromley. The play was a retelling of Dickens’ classic, and starred Nichola McAuliffe.
The casting of Nichola McAuliffe was a major push in the marketing, and was one of the reasons I went to see the play. The idea of seeing an Olivier award winning actress at a home theatre was incredibly exciting. However, although I enjoyed her performance, I felt it was underwhelming. Like the play itself, she had moments of absolute brilliance which, unfortunately, were not sustained. The rest of the cast gave good performances, and I wish they had also been as heavily promoted.
The set design used in the performance worked really well. It allowed the story to feel small and relatable, and also allowed it to have a major sense of space. The minimalism of the set design made it able for different spaces to be represented completely different to others within the play, and I applaud the set designer.
Great Expectations unfortunately did not quite live up to its name. 3/5 stars.
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