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Sense and Sensibility

The Life & Adventures of
Nicholas Nickleby

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

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.

Part I: 2 hours and 50 minutes with a 15 minute intermission
Part II: 2 hours and 55 minutes with a 15 and a 10 minute intermission

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Critic and Audience Comments

"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." - Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal [Read Terry's full review here]

“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.” - Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

“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.” - Pam Harbaugh, Florida Today

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

“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.” - Audience Comment

Nickleby Plot Summaries - SPOILER ALERT

Can't attend both parts of Nicholas Nickleby? We've put together two cheat sheets to catch you up on what you've missed.

Click here for Part I Summary

Click here for Part II Summary

"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.

Parental Guidelines

Nicholas Nickleby contains scenes of stage choreographed beatings and other physical violence. The play is best suited for ages 13 and up.


TYA Flex Passes

Part I

TICKETS Miss Nelson Has A Field Day
January 22 & 23
7:30 p.m. $18
Friday, January 24
7:30 p.m. $40, $35, $30
WED & THU 7:30 p.m. $35, $30, $20
FRI & SAT 7:30 p.m. $40, $35, $30
SUN 2 p.m. $35, $30, $20
February 5
2 p.m. $17
$20 UNDER 30
Friday, February 7
7:30 p.m. $20
Thursday, February 13
7:30 p.m. $35, $30, $20

Part II

TICKETS Buy Tickets Now
January 29 & 30
7:30 p.m. $18
Friday, January 31
7:30 p.m. $40, $35, $30
WED & THU 7:30 p.m. $35, $30, $20
FRI & SAT 7:30 p.m. $40, $35, $30
SUN 2 p.m. $35, $30, $20
February 26
2 p.m. $17
$20 UNDER 30
Friday, February 14
7:30 p.m. $20
Thursday, February 20
7:30 p.m. $35, $30, $20

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Part I Production photos:

Part II Production photos:

Publicity photos:


Patron's Guide:



Video 1: Jim Helsinger Interview:

Video 2: Cast Interview & Preview:

Video 3: Nicholas Nickleby Part I Sneak Peek:

Video 4: Nicholas Nickleby Part II Sneak Peek:

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