Smike poster
Synopsis

Freely adapted from Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby, this musical opens in a contemporary school where a new English teacher finds it difficult to gain the interest of his class. He overcomes this problem when he hits on the idea of turning the book they are studying, Nicholas Nickleby, into a musical. We are swept back in time to the misery of Dotheboys Hall, where life is a matter of survival; avoiding the leaden hand of Mr Squeers and the daily dose of brimstone and treacle! The story ends happily with the children overpowering their captors: we return to the present day and find the class has learnt many lessons from the exercise. Since its production on BBC TV, Smike has enjoyed tremendous popularity.

Venue & performance details

Venue: Mitchell Arts Centre

Mitchell Arts Centre image

Performances:

Wednesday 14th June 2006 @ 7.30pm

Thursday 15th June 2006 @ 7.30pm

Friday 16th June 2006 @ 7.30pm

Saturday 17th June 2006 @ 2.30pm

Saturday 17th June 2006 @ 7.30pm

Cast list

Smeeton/Smike - Paul Moore

Nicholls/Nicholas Nickleby - Paul Birchall

Headmaster/Mr. Squeers - Mark Rhead

Mrs. Squeers - Abigail Holt

Miss Grant/Fanny - Amy Brookes 

Brown/Bolder - Charlotte Morris

Mr. Snawley - Stephen Condliffe

Wackford/Tubby - Rob Marshall

Greymarsh/Marsh - Hannah Quinn

Master Belling/Plank - Leigh-anne Cook

Coby/Coates - Aaron Jeffcoate

Tilda Price/Richard - Caroline Hollins

Ralph Nickleby - Rob Schonau

Ensemble

Maria Oakes

Gemma Boulton

Charlotte Price

Alana Horne

Lauren Syrett

Imogen Lee

Rebecca Marshall

Emily Jeffcoate

Photo gallery
Squeers meets with Ralph and Nicholas Nickleby_jpg
Squeers meets with Ralph and Nicholas Nickleby_jpg
Stop and just think who you could be_jpg
Stop and just think who you could be_jpg
Squeers at the Inn_jpg
Squeers at the Inn_jpg
Smike sing Better off the way I am_jpg
Smike sing Better off the way I am_jpg
Nickelby steps in_jpg
Nickelby steps in_jpg
Nickleby makes his promise to Smike_jpg
Nickleby makes his promise to Smike_jpg
Mrs Squeers introduces Brimstone and Treacle_jpg
Mrs Squeers introduces Brimstone and Treacle_jpg
Mr_jpg
Mr_jpg
Dorker's funeral_jpg
Dorker's funeral_jpg
Don't let life get you down2_jpg
Don't let life get you down2_jpg
Dotheboys Rock_jpg
Dotheboys Rock_jpg
Dotheboys Rock2_jpg
Dotheboys Rock2_jpg
Here I am Reprise_jpg
Here I am Reprise_jpg
Here I am_jpg
Here I am_jpg
Mr Squeers threatens Smike_jpg
Mr Squeers threatens Smike_jpg
In the warm light of a brand new day reprise_jpg
In the warm light of a brand new day reprise_jpg
Don't let life get you down reprise_jpg
Don't let life get you down reprise_jpg
Don't let life get you down_jpg
Don't let life get you down_jpg