Nicholas Nickleby

by  Charles Dickens, Jonathan Holloway

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 2f, 11m or f

"A brilliant tribute to a great novelist who was also a mighty campaigner for social compassion" - The Scotsman

Nicholas Nickleby is newly employed as a teacher at Dotheboys' Hall in Yorkshire thanks to his manipulative and avaricious uncle Ralph, a…

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    5m, 2f, 11m or f
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    Adaptations (Literature), Period

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Nicholas Nickleby is newly employed as a teacher at Dotheboys' Hall in Yorkshire thanks to his manipulative and avaricious uncle Ralph, a businessman. There he witnesses the cruel treatment of boys at the hands of despotic headmaster Wackford Squeers and his wife. In coming to the defence of one boy, Smike, Nicholas assaults Squeers. Thinking he has killed him, he escapes with Smike to London and on to Portsmouth where the pair join the Crummles Theatre Company.
Ralph uses Nicholas's sister Kate as bait further to ensnare a young and wealthy lord who is already in his debt. Learning of the abuse Kate has been exposed to, Nicholas goes to London and her aid, but even greater dangers lurk around the corner. This stunning adaptation of Charles Dickens's third novel toured the UK in 2001 and 2002 in a production by Red Shift Theatre Company.

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"A brilliant tribute to a great novelist who was also a mighty campaigner for social compassion" - The Scotsman

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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

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  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Setting: Various simple settings

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5m, 2f, 11m or f
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Authors

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Jonathan Holloway

Jonathan Holloway

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