Go to Jack Maggs

5–7 December 2024

Jack Maggs By Samuel Adamson Based on the novel by Peter Carey

You’re a dead man if they find you. Step back in time to 19th century London, where intrigue and mystery mix in Jack MaggsPeter Carey’s best-selling and Miles Franklin’s 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

Show details:

Synopsis

5–7 December 2024

Jack Maggs
By Samuel Adamson
Based on the novel by Peter Carey

You’re a dead man if they find you.

Step back in time to 19th century London, where intrigue and mystery mix in Jack MaggsPeter Carey’s best-selling and Miles Franklin’s 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

Dates & Times

Thursday 5 December 2024, 7.30pm

Friday 6 December 2024, 7.30pm

Saturday 7 December 2024, 2pm & 7.30pm

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre presents a State Theatre Company South Australia production

CATEGORY:
Theatre

DURATION:
TBC

WARNINGS:
This performance contains some coarse language, and mild sexual references. This performance may contain strobe lighting and haze effects.

AGE SUITABILITY:
This performance is suitable for audiences aged 15+ / Years 10–12

LATECOMERS:
For most performances, latecomers cannot be admitted until a break in the performance. Please allow plenty of time to cover traffic and parking delays.

VENUE:
The Playhouse
SEATING PLAN
ACCESS INFORMATION

Credits

CREATIVES

Written by Samuel Adamson

Based on the novel by Peter Carey

Director Geordie Brookman

Set & Costume Designer Ailsa Paterson

Composer Hilary Kleinig

Sound Designer Andrew Howard

CAST

Ahunim Abebe

Jacqy Philips

Mark Saturno

James Smith

 

NEED TO KNOW

Canberra Ticketing has moved to a new ticketing system

Canberra Ticketing has transitioned to a faster, easier ticketing system, and you may notice some changes when you next purchase tickets with us. Read more about the changes here. If you have any further questions, please contact our friendly Canberra Ticketing Box Office team on (02) 6275 2700 or email canberraticketing@act.gov.au.

Concessions

A range of concession prices are available to all of our Canberra Ticketing patrons, and the exact nature of concessions will vary from show to show. We recommend that you check the specific pricing of each show when making your purchasing decision. Where concession prices are listed, proof of eligibility for concession must be presented at the Canberra Ticketing Box Office upon collection of tickets or full price may be charged.

Canberra Ticketing is the authorised ticket seller for this event with tickets sold and issued by QTIX as the ticketing agent

Please be aware that Canberra Ticketing has no obligation to honour tickets purchased via unauthorised re-sellers. If you attend the event with a ticket purchased via an unauthorised re-seller such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or otherwise, you may be refused entry to the event.

Find further information on ticket resale and scalping here.

Buy Tickets: Jack Maggs 

MAY WE ALSO SUGGEST