A radical, vibrant and imaginative adaptation of the popular novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

“I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”
Estella, Great Expectations

Dive into the heart of one of literature’s most unforgettable heroines – Estella. This re-envisioning of Dickens’ best-loved novel, led by a band of three actor musicians, follows the story of Estella’s astonishing self-discovery. Against a backdrop of live original music and visual theatre making, audiences will witness the true nature of Estella’s relationship with Miss Haversham and her desperation to discover her real Mother’s identity. In this radical re-working, will Pip and Estella be together forever? Will Estella finally be able to leave her dark past behind and step into the light?

Co-produced by multi-award winning Theatre6 (The Scottsboro Boys – West End, Persuasion, Gabriel) and Tales Re-told (Uncle Vanya, Antigone, More Light), adapted by Kate McGregor with live original music by Maria Haik Escudero and production design by Charlotte Cooke. We collectively believe in the importance of placing diverse female perspectives at the heart of what we create – generating new equity through the re-working of classic tales.

★★★★ “A rewarding, haunting evening.” The Telegraph on Gabriel

★★★★★ “Captivating. Full of emotion and drama.” Windsor Express on Persuasion

★★★★★ “Brave, brilliant and unmissable. I urge you to buy a ticket.” The Times on The Scottsboro Boys

Estella was be broadcast live on Omnibus Theatre’s YouTube channel and is available to stream now.

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