Plays by Tom Crowley

Great Expectations  (adapt. Crowley)

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

I can't forget her...sometimes, thinking about everything I have to live up to, trying to be this new person, its too much. The only way I can make sense of it all is the thought that somewhere down the line, this new life might somehow bring us together.

In this modern day re-imagining of Charles Dicken's classic story, Pip is a boy from a council estate with no money, and no hope for the future. His mother, widow Jo Gargery, is a police officer struggling to provide for herself and her son. Before long, Pip’s life is changed forever after he meets mysterious fugitive Magwycz, the beautiful but troubled Estella and the fearsome, wounded Miss Havisham. Pip’s whirlwind adventure takes him to the heights of big city success – and into more danger than he could have ever imagined.

Catapulting Dicken's beloved characters into the 21st century, Tom Crowley's adaption captures all the humour, humanity and adventure of the original with its timeless themes of unrequited love, the divide between the rich and the poor, and what it means to be ‘good'.

This edition was published to coincide with the world premiere at The Old Red Lion Theatre, London in December 2017.

Tom Crowley is a writer, director, producer and performer, and is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and the King's Head Trainee Director Scheme. He is best known as a series writer and performer in the Prix Europa-nominated podcast sitcom Wooden Overcoats (available now on all podcast platforms), and as the playwright behind the stage adaptation of the Rocky Horror sequel, Shock Treatment (King's Head, 2015).
His other writing credits include a number of stage comedies for children at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells as well as Cartoon Network's BAFTA-winning The Amazing World of Gumball and Radio 4's Four Sad Faces, The Now Show and The News Quiz.
He is the founder and Artistic Director of Crowley & Co., a creative production company. Under that banner, he has produced and directed his own play Ghost City (Festival Spirit Award nominee, VAULT Festival 2015), a two-week takeover at VAULT 2016 entitled The Locker (featuring world premières of new writing by David K. Barnes, Felix Trench, Simon Blake and Cordelia Lynn), Felix Trench's Radioman (Old Red Lion, 2016), Molly Beth Morossa's Greywing House (London Horror Festival, VAULT 2017) and a regular variety show, The Night at Brasserie Zédel.