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Great Expectations by Quantum Theatre

From misty marshes to the streets of London; our new adaptation of Dickens’s popular and atmospheric novel, delivers high comedy and thrilling drama as we follow Pip’s journey to discover the true nature of his ‘great expectations’.

  • Booking essential

A startling encounter with an escaped convict on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the decaying Miss Havisham; the sudden appearance of a mystery benefactor - this series of events change the orphaned Pip’s life forever as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to become a gentleman.

From the misty marshes to the dirty streets of London; we bring you our brand new adaptation of Dickens’s most enduringly popular and atmospheric novel which delivers high comedy and thrilling drama as we follow Pip’s journey to discover the true nature of his ‘great expectations’.

This is outdoor theatre at its best in the Paddock of Canons Ashby – bring a picnic, rugs or picnic chairs and dress for the weather.

This event will go ahead whatever the weather, unless it’s unsafe to do so. Please dress for the weather, whatever it brings.

The shop and tea-kiosk will be open until the performance begins. The tea-kiosk will be open during the interval.

Pre-booking essential, Adult £16, Child £10, Under 5s free, Family of 2 adults and 2 children £46. Suitable for children 5 and up



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult 18 years +£16.00
Child 5-17 years£10.00

Event additional prices

Ticket typeTicket category
0-4 year olds£0.00
Family of 2 adults 2 children£46.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 03442491895 Refunds are not available unless the event has to be cancelled for an unforeseen reason.


Families are welcome

Meeting point

Head to the normal visitor car park, and you will be directed to the car park or parkland overflow. Then follow directions to the Paddock.

What to bring and wear

Please dress for the weather, bring picnic chairs or blankets, and bring a picnic. You can also purchase food from the tea-kiosk.


This area is accessed over uneven grass. Please park in the marked accessible area, or tell the car parkers you need accessible parking for the theatre event.


If you want to visit during the day before the performance you would need to scan a membership card or pay for admission. This performance will go ahead whatever the weather unless it's unsafe to do so. If it cannot go ahead for some unforeseen reason, a new date will be arranged and ticket holders will be offered the rescheduled date.

Contact info

Central Box Office

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