27th Season (2015–2016)

The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Parts I & II in repertory January 22 - March 9, 2014 | Margeson Theater

Margeson Theater | By David Edgar | Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens | Produced in Collaboration with Theatre UCF | Co-directed by Jim Helsinger and Christopher Niess

A cast of 27 actors plays over 150 characters in this exhilarating two-part comic masterpiece that captures Dickens’ genius for combining exuberant characters, theatrical spectacle, and captivating emotion. Winner of both the Tony Award ® for Best Play and The Olivier Award for Play of the Year, this epic event has never been produced in Central Florida.

“Dickens at Play” Lecture
Dr. Marty Gould of the University of South Florida will be presenting “Dickens at Play,” a lecture on Charles Dickens and the Victorian theater, Wednesday, February 26th, 6:00-7:15 p.m. in the Patron’s Room. Event is free to the public.

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Critic and Audience Reviews

“Spectacular and satisfying… I didn’t see the original production … but it’s hard to imagine that it was more moving—or fun—than Orlando Shakespeare’s 6 1/2-hour version, directed by Jim Helsinger and Christopher Niess, whose 27 actors (who play 150-odd characters) are deployed with infinite resourcefulness…Everything about this production is right.”

“An example of Dickens’ vivid characters and his method of spinning a yarn… There is a certain thrill in watching a local theater succeed with a production of this magnitude… Nicholas Nickleby soars.”

“A marathon viewing of this epic production is theater nirvana… A show that will dazzle, confound, tug at your heartstrings, and leave you oh so satisfied… An unforgettable experience.”

“Go see Nicholas Nickelby at Orlando Shakes! Outstanding cast, fabulous script, best entertainment in town! Go, get your tickets now.”

“An incredible experience you are not likely to have an opportunity to see again. A production that would succeed on any New York or London stage.”

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