Left destitute by the death of their father, Nicholas and Kate Nickleby must find their own ways in the world. At first their Uncle Ralph seems to offer guidance and new opportunities but they soon come to realise that his motives may not be entirely honourable.
From the gloom of Dotheboys Hall to the bustling backstage of a theatre and onwards to the threatening streets of London, Nicholas and Kate must overcome new challenges to save those they love from the misfortunes that threaten to overwhelm them.
In Nicholas Nickleby, Dickens created some of his most memorable characters: the neglected and abused Smike, the kindly Cheeryble brothers, the cruel and grasping headmaster Wackford Squeers and the many members of the Crummles' colourful if somewhat chaotic theatrical company.
This new adaptation captures the heart and the humour of Dickens' great novel celebrating the resilience of the human spirit in the face of poverty and corruption as well as the redemptive power of theatre.
Join Oxford Theatre Guild for its 60th production at the Playhouse.
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All performances at Oxford Playhouse are now being sold to full capacity seating, in line with government and UK Theatre guidance. We recognise that some audience members may still feel uncomfortable attending a show which is at full capacity. Where possible, Oxford Playhouse will work with visiting producers to accommodate a number of socially distanced performances.