Nicholas NicklebyPART ONE
by David Edgar, adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens’ comically genius masterpiece, teeming with a multitude of vivid characters, is brought joyously to life by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Young Nicholas Nickleby and his sister, Kate, have been devastated by the death of their father. Their mother, in true Dickensian fashion, is little better than useless and they are forced to rely on the charity of their Uncle Ralph, a man for whom money is everything.
The destitute siblings are divided, with Nicholas forced to act as a teacher at the dreadful Dotheboys Hall in Yorkshire, run by the formidable Wackford Squeers and his family, while Kate works for an impoverished dressmaker. Nicholas escapes and joins a travelling theatre company run by the indefatigable Vincent Crummles as he tries to make his way in the world...
This is an intensely human story, filled with wry humour, adventure and daring set against a glorious tapestry of life.
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is a piece of theatre that remains completely unforgettable almost 40 years after it was first produced by the RSC.
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