The forthcoming West End production of Great Expectations is to be broadcast live to cinemas around the UK on February 7, which was Charles Dickens’ birthday.
It will be shown live from the Vaudeville Theatre in more than 150 cinemas across the UK and Ireland, with screenings also being held in Europe, Canada, the US, Asia and Australia.
The live broadcast marks the launch of The Dickens Legacy, which has been set up alongside the stage show to receive a share of the box office. It will distribute funds to projects that deal with issues Dickens was concerned with, such as prison reform, adoption and literacy.
Great Expectations, which begins its run on February 1, stars Jack Ellis as Jaggers, Chris Ellison as Magwitch and Paula Wilcox as Miss Havisham. The cast of 13 also includes Paul Nivison, Grace Rowe and Taylor Jay-Davies.
It has been adapted for the stage by Jo Clifford, and is directed by Graham McLaren. The play is produced by Bruce Athol MacKinnon on behalf of Beckman Unicorn and Satis House Productions .