Dickens' Great Expectations with James Hornsby - OPEN Ealing

Dickens’ Great Expectations with James Hornsby


Saturday 11th February 2017
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The Orchard Cafe,
singapore Road, W13 0EP

James Hornsby returns to OPEN Ealing to present his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ best loved novels, GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

Performed as a ‘one-man’ play, James brings to life a host of wonderful characters including : Magwitch, The Gargerys, Uncle Pumblechook, Estella, Herbert Pocket, Miss Havisham and of course Pip.

All presented in the ‘inimitable’ style of Dickens’ own legendary public readings.



ASTONISHING..!!! Beautifully told! Funny and very moving…    Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

“A really wonderful experience which I will never forget!    Ilmington Village Hall


You may have missed James performing A Christmas Carol in December, but don’t miss out this time – book early.

And, if you were lucky enough to have tickets and saw James, you’ll know how brilliantly he brings the book to life. As the people of Kettering remarkedDickens was never like this at school!”


James’ performance of Great Expectations is suitable for those of us who are aged 10 and over.



A professional actor for over thirty-five years, James Hornsby has appeared in well over one-hundred and fifty theatrical productions. A regular performer with the renowned Hull Truck Theatre Company, James has worked with some of the country’s leading playwrights including Sir Alan Ayckbourn, (COMIC POTENTIAL/Lyric theatre: Shaftesbury Ave), John Godber (Several national tours of BOUNCERS and UP’N’UNDER/Hull Truck Theatre), Richard Cameron (THE GLEE CLUB/Duchess Theatre and THE FLANNELETTES/Kings Head Theatre) and Dame Kay Mellor (A PASSIONATE WOMAN/The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Oldham Coliseum). James has appeared on television (SILENT WITNESS/DOCTORS/THE BILL) and at Northampton’s Royal Theatre where he has performed in many highly successful productions. After the success of his one-man adaptations of Charles Dickens’ novels OLIVER TWIST, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, DAVID COPPERFIELD and Bram Stoker’s ‘DRACULA’. www.jameshornsby.co.uk



A literary giant and tireless social-reformer: In 1853 Charles Dickens was at the height of his popularity. At the invitation of various charitable organizations, he appeared at Birmingham Town Hall, before rapturous audiences of nearly two-thousand, to perform his first ever public readings.  The readings were deemed so successful that Dickens, who had harboured a desire to act on stage since childhood, was to embark upon a series of tours of British and North American theatres, reading from his novels and drawing vast crowds for each performance.

‘Great Expectations’ is a ‘Bildungsroman’ or ‘’Coming of age’ novel and is set in the 1820’s; the time of the Dickens’ own youth, and was considered by the author to be among his best work. It was published to great acclaim in 1860 in weekly instalments in the magazine ‘All Year Round’ which Dickens also founded and edited.

Charles Dickens continued to write and perform his novels to great acclaim until his death in 1870 aged 58. He is buried in poet’s corner in Westminster Abbey.


Bookings are closed for this event.