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Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' to visit Kolkata

A stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' that took Britain's West End by storm is now preparing to visit Kolkata.

Updated: Jul 20, 2015, 09.15 AM IST
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A stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' that took Britain's West End by storm is now preparing to visit Kolkata.
A stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' that took Britain's West End by storm is now preparing to visit Kolkata.
(This story originally appeared in on Jul 20, 2015)
LONDON: A stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' that took Britain's West End by storm is now preparing to visit Kolkata.

The British novelist has had a long relationship with the city of joy. It was on New Year's Eve in 1863 that Dickens received the news that his second son Walter, a young fun-loving lieutenant, had died in India. Walter was buried in Kolkata — a link that Beckman Unicorn's production of the classic novel wants to exploit.

Speaking to TOI, Bruce Athol MacKinnon, producer of the stage adaptation, said, "We are currently raising investment for the Broadway Première of Jo Clifford's adaptation of the Dickens novel. Upon completion of the New York opening in 2016, we aim to take the production to other international territories, including India and specially Kolkata."

MacKinnon added, "Dickens had a long association with India and we seek to build on that relationship that continues to this day through the study of this novels and the passion that so many Indians have for the grand sweep and passion in his stories."

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley (a descendant of Charles Dickens and a biographer/author in her own right) and MacKinnon have set up a charity — The Dickens Legacy — that is dedicated to encouraging access to theatre, the arts and education.

"We toured 'Great Expectations' in the UK at the end of 2012 to critical acclaim and subsequently opened in London's West End as the culmination of the international Dickens bicentenary celebrations. We are now looking to raise funds to take the production to India," MacKinnon added.

Charles Dickens never made it to India but Walter Dickens lived in Calcutta for six years before his untimely death. His younger brother, Frank, was then on the boat to India and found out only on landing that the brother he had gone to live with had passed away. Frank joined the Bengal Mounted Police and returned to the UK when his father died.
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