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"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Obtaining an Audience (05:32)


Nicholas Nickleby canvases the town with Ninetta Crummles and Miss Snevellicci to obtain patrons for the theater troupe. Mr. Curdle insists that there be a strict observance of the unities in drama. "The Infant Phenomenon" entertains the children.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Rewriting the Play (03:18)

Vincent Crummles announces that Henrietta Petowker will be joining the acting troupe for the upcoming performance. The masters Crummles greet the actress from Drury Lane. Mrs. Crummles invites Nicholas to dinner.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Millinery Shop (05:20)

Miss Knag befriends Kate Nickleby at the showroom. A client tries on a bonnet for her upcoming marriage and asks for Kate to help her. Madame Mantalini excuses Miss Knag; the other women's animosity grows.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": After the Performance (03:49)

The acting troupe celebrates their debut performance. The actors return to the stage for an encore. Mr. Lillyvick confesses he wants to ask Miss Petowker for her hand in marriage.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Wedding (04:25)

Miss Snevellicci comforts Miss Petowker. Nicholas and the rest of the acting troupe attend Mr. Lillyvick and Miss Petowker's wedding; Mr. Crummles gives the bride away.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Upcoming Performance (01:32)

Mr. Lillyvick and Miss Petowker depart for their honeymoon. Nicholas rehearses with Smike their scene in "Romeo and Juliet."

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": In London (02:15)

Newman Noggs announces Mr. Bonney and Sir Matthew Pupker. Ralph Nickleby wants to withdrawal his capital in the muffin company. Kate is asked to host a party for Ralph.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Party (12:03)

Nicholas and Smike prepare for their scene on stage. After the men at the party offend her, Kate confronts Ralph about the poor behavior. Sir Mulberry Hawk forces himself upon Kate.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Adapting Shakespeare (11:03)

Nicholas, portraying Romeo, drinks poison. The actors change the final scene of "Romeo and Juliet" so no characters die except Thibault.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Act Two— Finale (03:08)

The audience enjoys the performance; Mrs. Crummels sings "Patriotic Chorus" by Stephen Oliver.

Credits: Act Two: Part 2 (02:20)

Credits: Act Two: Part 2

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Landmark Emmy-winning production of the 9 hour Royal Shakespeare Company's worldwide stage event based on the Charles Dickens novel, starring Roger Rees. In the audience of the Crummles's playhouse, Uncle Lillyvick falls in love with the actress Miss Petowker. Nicholas has been recruited to play Romeo, while Smike joins the troupe as the Apothecary. The poisoning scene of Romeo and Juliet, beginning with the line, “Who calls so loud?,” is played in tandem with the revelation that Uncle Ralph has arranged to have Kate act as hostess for a party where he will entertain several gentlemen with whom he does business. Smike’s line, “My poverty and not my will consents,” takes on added significance when applied to the juxtaposed scene of Kate's compromising position, as Sir Mulberry Hawk tries to seduce her. Nicholas and Smike, meanwhile, participate in a one-of-a-kind, modified ending to Romeo and Juliet.

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL194818

ISBN: 978-1-64623-516-2

Copyright date: ©1982

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