ThEATRE MISS hAvIShAM’S GhOSTS tHeSPaceS @ SurgeonS Hall (Venue 53) HHHHH
WRITTeN, directed and performed by Trish KnightWebb, this one-woman show inverts Charles Dickens’s classic novel Great Expectations so that it no longer tells the life story of the young orphan Pip, but rather concentrates on the history of the bitter Miss havisham.
The actress plays her as a frayed old woman, prowling her cobwebbed drawing room, still wearing her wedding dress and remembering both the betrayal of the fiancé who once conned and left her, and her own guilt at taking out revenge on Pip and her foster daughter, estella.
Merging Dickens’ words with her own, Knight-Webb has created a solid piece which hangs off her cultured acting style. A seasoned pro of stage and screen whose training includes the RSC, she certainly has the chops to pull something like this off. By necessity, of course, there’s a certain inertia to the tale of an aged woman in her derelict Satis house, bemoaning love as “self-humiliation” and moaning “would that I had died in that moment, instead of living these long years in misery, loneliness and solitude” about her ill-fated wedding day, but Knight-Webb carries proceedings with confidence and an engaging tone.
Until today, 12:20pm.