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
As much as I recommend this DVD set for the show itself, A&E Home Video should be taken to task for editing the original show (as it was first shown in the USA in January 1983) to fit into hour-long parts for their convenience. There are some scenes missing. One involves the 'gentleman next door's' appearance at Miss La Creevy's, another is the death of Walter Bray. I haven't fully examined the set to see what else might be missing, but those two scenes first come to mind. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful play, and to pass up on this would be a crime, despite the awful way A&E Home Video has provided it.
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