Opening on 17th September and touring several theatres across the UK until 17th October, Kaiden will be appearing once again with London Contemporary Theatre this Autumn in a modern adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.
Great Expectations tells the coming-of-age story of Philip ‘Pip’ Pirrup, a young working class boy who is suddenly met with good fortune and a step up into the higher echelons of society by a mysterious unnamed benefactor that seeks to fund Pip’s accent into becoming a true gentleman.
Great Expectations boasts some of Dickens’ most memorable characters, the most iconic of which is probably the jilted and ageing bride, Miss Havisham who spends decades without seeing the sun, still dressed in her wedding dress, stopping all the clocks in her ominous yet grand abode of Satis House, freezing her life in terrible decay at the moment her fiancé abandoned her, fleeing with her money on the morning of their wedding. The capricious Miss Havisham is the adopted mother of Pip’s love interest, the beautiful yet cold and loveless Estella, bred to be this way by her adoptive mother in revenge against all men for the slight Miss Havisham suffered at the hands of her beloved fiancé.
Adapted by Tom Crowley and directed by London Contemporary Theatre’s Artistic Director Jonathan Ashby-Rock, this production of Great Expectations will see Dickens’ classic Victorian tale transported into modern London. This will be Kaiden’s third outing with London Contemporary Theatre, previously appearing as Young Scrooge and Fred in another Dickens’ adaptation A Christmas Carol: In The Dark, and as Lockwood in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys.
Kaiden will be playing the roles of Herbert Pocket, Pip’s jovial and upmarket, if slightly clueless, lush of a London roommate, and also Compeyson, a shady gentleman criminal with a violent and malevolent nature.