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The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 

A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Alun Armstrong ...  Mr. Wagstaff / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Suzanne Bertish ...  Fanny Squeers / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Janet Dale Janet Dale ...  Miss Knag / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Jane Downs Jane Downs ...  Mrs. Nickleby / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Cathryn Harrison ...  Henrietta Petowker / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Lila Kaye ...  Mrs. Crummles / ... 4 episodes, 1982
John McEnery ...  Mr. Mantalini / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Bob Peck ...  John Browdie / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Edward Petherbridge ...  Newman Noggs / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Roger Rees ...  Nicholas Nickleby 4 episodes, 1982
Emily Richard Emily Richard ...  Kate Nickleby / ... 4 episodes, 1982
David Threlfall ...  Smike 4 episodes, 1982
Thelma Whiteley Thelma Whiteley ...  Madame Mantalini / ... 4 episodes, 1982
John Woodvine ...  Ralph Nickleby / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Christopher Benjamin ...  Mr. Vincent Crummles 3 episodes, 1982
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ...  Lord Frederick Verisopht 3 episodes, 1982
Patrick Godfrey ...  Mr. Kenwigs 3 episodes, 1982
Lucy Gutteridge ...  Madeline Bray / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Shirley King Shirley King ...  Mrs. Kenwigs 3 episodes, 1982
Ian McNeice ...  Croupier / ... 3 episodes, 1982
David Lloyd Meredith David Lloyd Meredith ...  Charles Cheeryble / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Hubert Rees Hubert Rees ...  Mr. Curdle / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Sharon Bower Sharon Bower ...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Jeffery Dench Jeffery Dench ...  Arthur Gride / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Ian East Ian East ...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Alan Gill Alan Gill ...  George / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Andrew Hawkins Andrew Hawkins ...  Captain Adams / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Rose Hill Rose Hill ...  Lady From Downstairs / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Roderick Horn Roderick Horn ...  Dr. London / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Griffith Jones ...  Flunkey / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Teddy Kempner ...  Benjamin / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Timothy Kightley Timothy Kightley ...  Col. Chowser / ... 2 episodes, 1982
William Maxwell ...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Sally Nesbitt ...  Milliner / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Clyde Pollitt Clyde Pollitt ...  Brooker / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Stephen Rashbrook Stephen Rashbrook ...  Alphonse / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Christopher Ravenscroft ...  Frank Cheeryble / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Mark Tandy ...  Bolder / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Hilary Townley 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(in four episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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This play on video runs eight hours and is worth every minute--brilliantly done.
10 October 1998 | by SnurcellSee all my reviews

This video of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 8-hour production of Nicholas Nickleby is well worth the time. It's funny, moving, and very Dickensian. There's also a brief look at Victorian productions of Shakespeare (when Nicholas stars as Romeo) which is absolutely hilarious. The actors all do a wonderful job, particularly those playing Nicholas, Kate, and Ralph Nickleby and Smike. This is one of those rare videotaped plays which captures the best of the real production with none of the drawbacks of most taped plays.


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