2017 Autumn Tour - 25th Oct to 25th Nov

The Old Curiosity Shop

by Charles Dickens, adapted by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries

Little Nell Trent lives with her devoted grandfather in his London shop, a magical place filled from wall to wall with dust-laden treasures. He keeps his nocturnal gambling a secret but becomes deeply in debt to the villainous loan shark Quilp. When he gambles away what little money they have, The Old Curiosity Shop is seized by Quilp as payment and Nell and her grandfather are forced to flee London. On the run, and with Quilp on their trail, the pair fall in with a succession of colourful characters, some friendly, some ominous.

The novel was a sensation when it was serialised in 1840-41. The excitement at the release of the last installment has been compared to the publishing of the last Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was so popular that New York readers stormed the wharf when the ship bearing the final instalment arrived in 1841.

In The Old Curiosity Shop, Dickens gave to the world some of his most enduring fictional characters, such as the almost demonic Daniel Quilp, the rakish but good-hearted Dick Swiveller and "The Marchioness"

Karl Marx asserted that Dickens "issued to the world more political and social truths than have been uttered by all the professional politicians, publicists and moralists put together".

After their acclaimed touring productions of The Unhappy Medium and The Phantom Bantam of The Opera in 2016, Common Ground return with this riotous, theatrically inventive adaptation, starring Julian Harries and  featuring original folk music by Pat Whymark, played and sung by our talented troupe of actor-musicians.

“Terrific originality” - Libby Purves (Suffolk Magazine)

Tour Schedule

Trimley St Martin  Memorial Hall - Weds 25th & Thurs 26th October

 7.30pm  07807 341364   Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Southwold St Edmunds Hall - Friday 27th October, 7.30pm 

 01502 722572/ticketsource.co.uk/southwold-arts-centre £10/£8 (U21s)


Diss The Corn Hall - Saturday 28th October

7.30pm 01379 652241/www.cornhall.co.uk £10/£7 (U21s)


Mildenhall The Jubilee Centre - Monday 30th October

7.30pm   07807 341364      Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Bardwell The Tithe Barn - Tuesday 31st October

 7.30pm  07807 341364     Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Mount Bures The Thatchers Arms - Wednesday 1st November,

 8pm   01787 227460  Tickets - £10


Stowmarket The John Peel Centre - Thursday 2nd Nov, 7.30pm

 01379 652241/johnpeelcentre.com   Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Halesworth The Cut Arts Centre - Friday 3rd Nov, 7.30pm

 0300 3033 211/newcut.org   Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Woodbridge Seckford Theatre - Saturday 4th Novembe

 7.30pm  07807 341364 Tickets £12/£8 (U21s)


Ipswich John Mills Theatre - Mon 6th, Tues 7th, Weds 8th Nov

 01473 211498 /easternangles.co.uk Tickets £12/£8 (U21s)


Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal - Thurs 9th, Fri 10th & Sat 11th Nov

 7.30pm (plus 3pm on Saturday)  01284 769505 (or theatreroyal.org) Tickets: £8.50 - £21.50


Colchester The Headgate Theatre - Monday 13th Nov, 7.30pm

 01206 366000/headgatetheatre.co.uk Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Earl Soham The Village Hall – Wednesday 15th November

 7.30pm    07807 341364  Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Harkstead The Village Hall - Thursday 16th November

 7.30pm    07807 341364  Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Polstead The Village Hall – Friday 17th November

 7.30pm    07807 341364  Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Great Hockham The Village Hall - Saturday 18th Nov, 7.30pm

 01953 498447/boxoffice@greathockham.org £10/£7(U21s)


Little Gransden The Village Hall - Sunday 19th Nov, 7.30pm

 01767 677906/ssulledit@aol.com Tickets - £12/£10 (U21s)


Wingfield Barns Wednesday 22nd November, 7.30pm

 01379 384505    Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Laxfield The Village Hall – Thursday 23rd November

 7.30pm  07807 341364   Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall - Friday 24th November

 7.30pm    07807 341364   Tickets £10/£7 (U21s)


Great Bromley The Village Hall – Saturday 25th Nov, 7.30pm

 07807 341364/experiencetickets.co.uk Tickets - £12