Great Expectations


Charles Dickens’ best-loved novel is brought to life on stage in this thrilling adaptation from Gale Childs Daly, directed by the Mercury’s Creative Director, Ryan McBryde (The Comedy of Errors, Baskerville, Oliver!).

Pip, a blacksmith’s apprentice and orphan, dreams of becoming a London gentleman. When his wish is granted by a mysterious benefactor, his life becomes one extraordinary encounter after another. He is plunged into a world of dark secrets and cruel twists of fate, where beautiful girls are used as weapons and nothing is more important than knowing who you are and remembering where you came from.

Featuring some of the most iconic characters in literature, join us on a gripping journey as Pip unravels the truth behind his own great expectations in the gloomy corners of Miss Haversham’s Satis Hall.

A compelling and dramatic treat for a new generation of theatre lovers.

Please note

There will be a Post-show Q&A on Wed 24 May, 11am.


There will be a Captioned performance on Fri 26 May, 7.30pm and an Audio Described performance on Sat 27 May, 2:30pm.

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Great Expectations


Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT

Tel: 01206 573948

Opening Times

Season (12 May 2023 - 27 May 2023)


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