Theatre review: David Copperfield

David Copperfield. Picture: Com
David Copperfield. Picture: Com
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THE story of David Copperfield is a bold undertaking for any theatre company.

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St Ninian’s Hall, Comely Bank

Dickens’ classic novel, his most auto-biographical, traces the life of David, born to an over-anxious mother, inherited by an abusive stepfather, despatched to boarding school and finally, running away to the countryside where he grows up amidst an eccentric collection of characters.

Edinburgh Theatre Art’s production at St Ninian’s Hall, Comely Bank, is smartly directed by John McLinden. Ben Robertson Petrie is a delight as the young David. Mags McPherson is a beautifully heartfelt Peggotty. Derek Marshall is a wonderfully boisterous Barkis and a verbose Mr Micawber. Stuart Mitchell brings an edge of menace to Thomas Traddles. And David Mccallum is a suitably suspect Steerforth. For lovers of Dickens – or just of story-telling – this is a great evening’s entertainment.

Until 17 August