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Jack Maggs at Dunstan Playhouse

Dates: (11/15/2024 - 11/30/2024 )


Dunstan Playhouse

State Theatre Company

Festival Drive, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Adelaide,South Australia 5000

Phone: 0884155333

Tickets: PREVIEW/MATINEE Adult $85.00 | Concession $75.00 | Under 30, Full Time Student $39.00 EVENING Adult $95.00 | Concession $85.00 | Under 30, Full Time Student $49.00

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Step back in time to 19th-century London, where intrigue and mystery mix in the world premiere of Jack Maggs. Peter Carey’s best-selling and Miles Franklin Award-winning “reworking” of Charles Dickens’ canonical novel Great ExpectationsJack Maggs comes alive on stage in a sweeping new adaptation by South Australian playwright Samuel Adamson, renowned for his successes at England’s National Theatre with Southwark Fair and The Light Princess with Tori Amos.

The story follows the enigmatic ex-convict Jack Maggs (Carey’s version of Magwitch) returning to London from Australia and embarking on a relentless quest to find his ‘son’ Henry Phipps, who has mysteriously disappeared. Maggs soon becomes entangled in the web of Phipps’ neighbour, Percy Buckle and his bizarre household, where he makes a deal with young novelist and “mesmerist” Tobias Oates (or is it Charles Dickens himself?) to find Phipps. Oates has other plans though, and in Maggs, might just find the perfect inspiration for his new novel.

Unveil a world of ambition, secrets and unexpected alliances, with a cast of beloved and celebrated South Australian actors including Mark Saturno (The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?, A View from the Bridge) as Jack Maggs, James Smith (Euphoria, Girl From The North Country) as Tobias Oates, Jacqy Philips (Mr Burns, a Post-Electric Play), and recent NIDA graduate hotshot Ahunim Abebe.

Under the masterful direction of former Artistic Director, Geordie Brookman, Jack Maggs will take audiences on a strange and surprising slither around the Old Dart with a cavalcade of dazzling Dickensian characters all in search of the truth, in the most exciting page to stage adaption since The Dictionary of Lost Words.


Peter Carey’s narrative rushes like a great stream towards a glittery fall, gathering momentum as it rolls.” – The Boston Globe

Wildly entertaining.” – New York Review of Books

Samuel Adamson writes the best dialogue I’ve ever read or had the pleasure to direct. It’s metropolitan, quick- witted, alive with internal tensions, graceful, lightweight and profound.” – Dominic Dromgoole, Former Artistic Director, Shakespeare’s Globe

News About Jack Maggs at Dunstan Playhouse

State Theatre Company South Australia Reveals 2024 Season Lineup
State Theatre Company South Australia Reveals 2024 Season Lineup
October 12, 2023

An all new line-up comprising new Australian works, a big Broadway hit and a world premiere book adaptation will form State Theatre Company South Australia’s 2024 season. Learn more about the full lineup here!

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