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Volume 26, Number 9 — September 2018

Arts Calendar

Charles Dickens classic comes to Barter

Charles Dickens classic comes to Barter

Date(s):  September 14 - November 09, 2018
Venue: Barter Theatre
133 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24212

ABINGDON, Va.- Barter Theatre announces the Charles Dickens classic “Great Expectation” adapted by Catherine Bush on the Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre. Running Sept. 14 through Nov. 9, “Great Expectations” follows the classic story of Pip as he is thrust from poverty into wealth.

The classic comes to life as we see iconic characters like Ms. Havisham, Estella, Magwitch, and Pip’s best friend Biddy during the trials and tribulations of life and love.

“When I went back through the book ‘Great Expectations’, I was amazed at how Dickens captured something that felt simultaneously so true to his time and place as it is to ours. He put his finger on something palpable about growing up: a special brew of ambition, yearning, heartache, excitement and struggle that I feel around me here and now,” said Katy Brown director of “Great Expectations.”

“Pip’s journey has a deep resonance for all of us. He comes from a rural place; with dreams of becoming something else and sometimes feels guilty that he wants that. He struggles between love of where he comes from and trying to distance himself from it,” Brown continues. “In this play, Pip talks directly to us, he confides in us about what it feels like to strive and sometimes fail, and what it is to finally discover what it means to reach out and love who you actually are.”

Tickets start at $20, for tickets, call 276-628-3991 or visit

Topics: Theatre

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