Jane Asher as Miss Havisham in Charles Dicken's "Great Expectations" in the new adaptation by Michael Eaton, directed by Lucy Bailey and designed by Mike Britton at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from Friday 4 March to Saturday 2 April 2016.
Great Expectations is Charles Dickens’s thirteenth novel and his penultimate completed novel; a bildungsroman which depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip.
The novel was first published as a serial in Dickens’s weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes.
It is set among marshes in Kent, and in London, in the early to mid-1800s, and Jane Asher plays the character of Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster (an unmarried woman who is past the usual age for marrying and is considered unlikely to marry) who lives in her ruined mansion, Satis House, with her adopted daughter, Estella. Dickens describes her as looking like “the witch of the place.” Although she has often been portrayed in film versions as very elderly, Dickens’s own notes indicate that she is only in her mid-fifties. However, it is also indicated that her long life away from the sunlight has in itself aged her, and she is said to look like a cross between a waxwork and a skeleton, with moving eyes.
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