Rochester University’s theatre department will present “Great Expectations,” throughout November. The play was adapted by Barbara Field from the Charles Dickens classic and is directed by Robert Arbaugh, RU associate professor of theatre.

“Great Expectations” conveys all the energy and warmth of Dickens’ richly human story with cinematic quickness and fluidity. Beginning with his humble boyhood at the home of his long-suffering sister and her husband, the play follows Pip through his encounter with the escaped convict, Magwitch; his experiences with the bizarre Miss Havisham and her haughty ward Estella; and on to his removal to London where, after his “expectations” are mysteriously made known, Pip aspires to become a gentleman. 

Moving deftly from scene to scene and place to place, the play involves the audience at every step—building steadily to the exciting climax where Pip gives moving evidence that, in growing up, he has also come of age as a compassionate and altogether admirable human being.

Evening performances of “Great Expectations” will be Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m., while matinee performances will be Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $12 in advance ($15 at the door). To purchase tickets online, visit For group sales or more information, call (248) 218-2149 or e-mail All productions take place on the campus of Rochester University at 800 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.