Nicholas Nickleby

Channel 4 RSC

This was a Primetime TV production of the original RSC stage version of the play, first screened on Channel 4 as a four part weekly series from 7-28 November 1982. 

For more casting detail, please go to the Broadway cast on this site. The same actors recorded the play for television at the Old Vic Theatre in the summer of 1981 and then went straight on to play on Broadway for a fourteen week autumn season.

Creative Team

Director - Jim Goddard
Stage Director - Trevor Nunn
Stage Director - John Caird
Production Company - Primetime, Channel 4, RM Productions, Royal Shakespeare Company
Producer - Colin Callender
Script - David Edgar
Author of the original work - Charles Dickens
Designer - John Napier
Music/Lyrics - Stephen Oliver
Music Director - Harry Rabinowitz


Nicholas Nickleby - Roger Rees
Kate Nickleby - Emily Richard
Mrs Squeers - Lila Kaye
Ralph Nickleby/Opera Singer - John Woodvine
Mrs Nickleby - Jane Downs
Newman Noggs/Hawk's rival - Edward Petherbridge
Smike - David Threlfall
Fanny Squeers/Miss Snevellicci/Peg Silderskew/Milliner - Suzanne Bertish
John Browdie/Sir Mulberry Hawk - Bob Peck
Mr Squeers/Mr Wagstaff - Alun Armstrong
Young Wackford Squeers/Scaley/Croupier - Ian McNeice
Miss Knag/Snawley Major/Miss Belvawney/Miss Wititterley/Mrs Wititterley/Mrs Snawley - Janet Dale
Mr Mantalini/Mr Snevellicci - John McEnery
Mme Mantalini/Mrs Snevellicci/Nurse - Thelma Whiteley
Tilda Price/Miss Petowker/Milliner - Cathryn Harrison
Mr Kenwigs - Patrick Godfrey
Mrs Kenwigs - Shirley King
Vincent Crummles - Christopher Benjamin
Mrs Crummles - Lila Kaye
Lord Frederick Verisopht/Jackson - Nicholas Gecks
Charles Cheeryble - David Lloyd Meredith
Ned Cheeryble - Hubert Rees
Madeline Bray/Miss Ledrock/Sprouter - Lucy Gutteridge