'Nicholas Nickleby at Dotheboys Hall' is the latest production by Fringe Benefits Theatre Company and is adapted and directed by acclaimed Northern Ireland Director, Sam McCready from the Charles Dickens novel ‘The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby'. The play which features a large ensemble cast of 20 actors from Fringe Benefits, is part the Dickens Centenary Festival.
Nicholas Nickleby at Dotheboys Hall follows the first part of the Dickens novel, in which the hero Nicholas and his family, following the financial ruin and death of their father are left destitute and dependent on their unscrupulous uncle, Ralph Nickleby.
Nicholas suffers extreme hardship when he is employed at Dotheboys Hall, a Yorkshire Boarding School. Nicholas with wit and resourcefulness defends the pupils against the insults and humiliations of the vicious schoolmaster Wackford Squeers and his family, who conduct a reign of terror over Dotheboys Hall. Dotheboys Hall is one of the many Victorian boarding schools to which unwanted children were sent by their parents and largely forgotten.
Sam McCready's production uses a large ensemble cast, music, movement and exciting scenic effects to sweep the audience into a world in which the power of Dickens storytelling, his lively imaginations and rich characters will delight and enthrall audiences. The adaptation is modelled on the the Royal Shakespeare Company's ground breaking version of Nicholas Nickleby.
Nicholas Nickleby at Dotheboys Hall comes to the Playhouse in Derry after it is performed at the Ulster Bank Festvial at Queens in Belfast.Tickets: £11/ £8
"A spectacular display of theatrical craft" New York Times
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