The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

13th December 1985

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, RSC

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Nicholas Nickleby was revived in 1985 for a run at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford and a tour to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway.

The show was produced in New York by the Schubert Organisation.

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Novel by Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Edgar

Creative Team

Directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird
Designed by John Napier and Dermot Hayes
From an original design by John Napier and Dermot Hayes
Costumes byJohn Napier and Andreane Neofitou
Lighting by David Hersey
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Oliver
Sound byPaul Slocombe
Company voice work by Cicely Berry, David Carey and Patsy Rodenburg
Musical Director Michael Tubbs
Assistant Director Cordelia Monsey
Company Manager London and Stratford Sonja Dosanjh
Tour Manager Michael Hyatt
Stage Manager Michael Townsend
Deputy Stage Managers Rachael Artingstall and Philip Macdonald
Assistant Stage Manager Ian Barber


The characters and the actors who played them are only named in the sections of the play in which they first appear.
The Nickleby Family
Nicholas Nickleby Michael Siberry
Kate Nickleby Denica Fairman
Ralph Nickleby John Carlisle
Mrs Nickleby Frances Cuka
Newman Noggs David Collings
Hannah Jane Whittenshaw
Miss La Creevy Eve Pearce
Sir Matthew Pupker Hubert Rees
Mr Bonney Alan Gill
Irate Gentleman George Raistrick
Flunkey Timothy Kightley
Muffin Boys Ian East/Alan Hendrick
Mr Snawley Richard Simpson
Snawley Major Jane Whittenshaw
Snawley Minor Raymond Platt
Belling Alan Hendrick
William Jimmy Yuill
Waitresses Karen Lancaster/Rebecca Saire
Coachman George Raistrick
Mr Mantalini Alan David
Madame Mantalini Karen Archer
Flunkey Jimmy Gardner
Miss Knag Frances Cuka
Rich Ladies Sharon Bower/Rebecca Saire
Milliners Jane Carr/Ian East/Alan Hendrick/Karen Lancaster/Eve Pearce/Raymond Platt/Alison Rose/Richard Simpson/Jane Whittenshaw
Mr Squeers David Delve
Mrs Squeers Pat Keen
Smike John Lynch
Phib Rebecca Saire
Fanny Squeers Jane Carr
Young Wackford Squeers Jimmy Yuill
John Browdie Clive Wood
Tilda Price Alison Rose
Tomkins Tim Kightley
Coates Jimmy Gardner
Graymarsh Alan Gill
Jennings George Raistrick
Mobbs Alan David
Bolder Brian Torfeh
Pitcher Karen Lancaster
Jackson Simon Templeman
Cobbey Denica Fairman
Peters Frances Cuka
Sprouter Karen Archer
Roberts Ian East
London Again
Mr Kenwigs Patrick Godfrey
Mrs Kenwigs Shirley King
Morleena Kenwigs Jane Whittenshaw
Baby Kenwigs Jane Carr
Mr Lilyvick Timothy Kightley
Henrietta Petowker Karen Lancaster
Mr Crowl Ian East
George Alan Gill
Mr Cutler Richard Simpson
Mrs Cutler Karen Archer
Mrs Kenwigs’ Sister Rebecca Saire
Stout Lady Eve Pearce
Miss Green Frances Cuka
Babysitter Alan Hendrick
Benjamin Raymond Platt
Pugstyles Roderick Horn
Old Lord Jimmy Gardner
Young Fiancée Alison Rose
Landlord Tony Jay
Mr Vincent Crummles Tony Jay
Mrs Crummles Pat Keen
The Infant Phenomenon Alison Rose
Master Percy Crummles Raymond Platt
Master Crummles Brian Torfeh
Mrs Grudden Eve Pearce
Miss Snevellicci Jane Carr
Mr Folair Alan David
Mr Lenville Roderick Horn
Miss Ledrock Rebecca Saire
Miss Bravassa Karen Archer
Mr Wagstaff David Delve
Mr Blightey Richard Simpson
Miss Belvawney Jane Whittenshaw
Mr Pailey Jimmy Yuill
Mr Hetherington Simon Templeman
Mr Bane Alan Hendrick
Mr Fluggers Jimmy Gardner
Mrs Lenville Shirley King
Mr Curdle Hubert Rees
Mrs Curdle Denica Fairman
London Again
Scaley Jimmy Yuill
Tix Raymond Platt
Sir Mulberry Hawk Clive Wood
Lord Frederick Verisopht Simon Templeman
Mr Pluck Raymond Platt
Mr Pyke Brian Torfeh
Mr Snobb Alan Hendrick
Colonel Chowser Timothy Kightley
Brooker George Raistrick
Mr Wititterley Hubert Rees
Mrs Wititterley Karen Aercher
Alphonse Alan Hendrick
Opera Singers Karen Lancaster/Brian Torfeh/Roderick Horn
Charles Cheeryble Tim Kightley
Ned Cheeryble Hubert Rees
Tim Linkinwater Jimmy Gardner
The Gentleman in Small Clothes Raymond Platt
Keeper Alan Gill
Frank Cheeryble Alan Hendrick
Nurse Karen Archer
Madeline Bray Rebecca Saire
Arthur Gride Alan David
Walter Bray Tony Jay
Peg Sliderskew Jane Carr
Hawks’ Rival David Collings
Captain Adams Jimmy Yuill
Westwood Alan Gill
Croupier Tim Kightley
Surgeon Richard Simpson
Umpire Roderick Horn
Policemen Simon Templeman/Brian Torfeh
Mrs Snawley Karen Archer
Young Woman Jane Whittenshaw
All other parts played by members of the company.


Musical Director / Piano Michael Tubbs
Flute / PiccoloIan Reynolds
Edward WatsonClarinet / Bass Clarinet / Saxophone
BassoonRoger Hellyer
Trumpet / CornetRobert Pritchard / Peter Fisher
Horn / TubaPeter Morris
TromboneGarth Richards
Violin / Viola Richard Springate
ViolinGillian Springate
Double BassJohn Smith
Guitar / Banjo John Richards
Percussion / TimpaniJames Jones / Nigel Garvey