The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons proudly present an affectionately anarchic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ captivating coming-of-age chronicle.
Join Pip the orphan on a journey through his eventful life via hilarious turns and tragic twists; filled with escaped convicts, eccentric spinsters, mysterious benefactors and gut-wrenching heartbreak.
All retold by The Pantaloons in their own inimitable style.
A company of four actor-musicians bring the novel’s cast of characters to life in a thrilling tale of, well, great expectations – and crushing disappointment.
Dickens larger-than-life characters and playful, self-reflexive prose lend themselves to the company’s unique brand of anarchic physical storytelling; a style that synthesises clowning, improvisation and live music to create truly unmissable shows.
The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons began life almost two decades ago ago as an open-air theatre company, busking plays for donations in parks and on the streets, where they developed an attention-grabbing, interactive and playful performance style.
“We characterise our work as post-modern folk theatre,” says co-artistic director Mark Hayward. “We take well-loved tales and give them a contemporary twist, making them accessible for new audiences and showing seasoned fans something that they perhaps had not seen in them before.”
The Pantaloons have picked up plenty of loyal followers and a lot of critical acclaim and have quickly become one of the country’s most prolific touring companies.
Past Pantaloons productions include Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House, A Christmas Carol and many of Shakespeare’s plays.