The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982)

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Young Nicholas Nickleby sets out to make his fortune in order to prevent his mother and sister from depending upon his uncle, Ralph Nicklby. But he finds his first job as master at a ... See full summary »

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1982
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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 Mr. Wagstaff / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Fanny Squeers / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Janet Dale ...
 Miss Knag / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Jane Downs ...
 Mrs. Nickleby / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Cathryn Harrison ...
 Henrietta Petowker / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Lila Kaye ...
 Mrs. Crummles / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Mr. Mantalini / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 John Browdie / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Edward Petherbridge ...
 Newman Noggs / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Nicholas Nickleby (4 episodes, 1982)
Emily Richard ...
 Kate Nickleby / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Smike (4 episodes, 1982)
Thelma Whiteley ...
 Madame Mantalini / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
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 Ralph Nickleby / ... (4 episodes, 1982)
Christopher Benjamin ...
 Mr. Vincent Crummles (3 episodes, 1982)
Nicholas Gecks ...
 Lord Frederick Verisopht (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Mr. Kenwigs (3 episodes, 1982)
Lucy Gutteridge ...
 Madeline Bray / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
Shirley King ...
 Mrs. Kenwigs (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Croupier / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
David Lloyd Meredith ...
 Charles Cheeryble / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
Hubert Rees ...
 Mr. Curdle / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
Sharon Bower ...
 Milliner / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Jeffery Dench ...
 Arthur Gride / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Ian East ...
 Milliner / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Alan Gill ...
 George / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Andrew Hawkins ...
 Captain Adams / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Rose Hill ...
 Lady From Downstairs / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Roderick Horn ...
 Dr. London / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Griffith Jones ...
 Flunkey / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Teddy Kempner ...
 Benjamin / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Timothy Kightley ...
 Col. Chowser / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
William Maxwell ...
 Milliner / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Sally Nesbitt ...
 Milliner / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Clyde Pollitt ...
 Brooker / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Stephen Rashbrook ...
 Alphonse / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Christopher Ravenscroft ...
 Frank Cheeryble / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Mark Tandy ...
 Bolder / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
Hilary Townley ...
 Hannah / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
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Young Nicholas Nickleby sets out to make his fortune in order to prevent his mother and sister from depending upon his uncle, Ralph Nicklby. But he finds his first job as master at a Yorkshire school to be cruel, and runs away with one of the students. Meanwhile, Kate is subjected to the unwanted attentions of Sir Mulberry Hawk, aided by her uncle. Nicholas and his new friend, Smike, begin their adventures and eventually set out to rescue Kate, with the usual Dickensian twists, turns and asides. Written by Kathy Li

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10 January 1983 (USA)  »

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Trivia

As the huge cost of transferring the large cast and production to Broadway, along with the length of the show, required a record-breaking price of $100 for every seat in the theatre, a great deal of talk of this preceded the show's arrival in New York. An addition to the script during the scene in which Nicholas went to patron's homes to sell advance tickets for the Crummels' latest production poked fun at this. Patron: "Ten Shillings for ONE PLAY?" Nicholas: "Well, there are a lot of people in it." Patron: "But TEN SHILLINGS!" Nicholas: "Well it's very long." Patron: "It had better be!" This brought a roar of appreciative laughter and applause from Broadway patrons who had paid $100 a ticket. The advertising said: "The Ticket is $100. The Experience is Priceless." See more »

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Version of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947) See more »

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Nine hours of utter enthralment!
29 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This RSC filmed nine hour long stage production is without doubt the most comprehensive, compelling and wonderfully unmissable adaptation of any Dickens novel ever made. If I could give it more than 10 out of 10 I would.

Brilliant stage work, superb acting from every single member of the impressive cast, and good musical direction, and even incorporated audience participation. In short, it had the lot. Even for those unfortunate souls who turn their noses up at the classics this is a must see. It may change their minds.

The maddening thing for me is, that although I have the complete production on audio tape, I have only the last episode on video. I hope to rectify this dire omission in my library a.s.a.p.

I realise that the Royal Shakespeare Company has an ever formidable schedule, but I'm led to wonder why it hasn't tried a similar project with other Dickens novels. Could it be that this one is just unsurpassable?


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