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"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Act III (03:51)


The actors summarize what occurred during Part One of the play. Nicholas Nickleby is working in Portsmouth with an acting troupe and believes his troubles are behind him. After being asked to host a party, Kate Nickleby is accosted by Sir Mulberry Hawk.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Enjoying the Acting Troupe (06:36)

Miss Snevillicci invites Nicholas to have dinner with her and her parents. Actors ask for expanded roles. Nicholas worries about his mother and sister.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Destitution (06:30)

Mr. Mantalini is in serious debt by gambling and through horses and two gentlemen arrive to take inventory of his possessions. Madame Mantalini stops her husband from killing himself. Miss Knag oversees the millinery and fires Kate.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Contempt (03:09)

The men recover from last night's party. Sir Hawk plots to humiliate Kate for refusing his advances. Lord Frederick Verisopht agrees to discover where she lives from Ralph Nickleby.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": In London (04:35)

Mrs. Julia Witterly hires Kate as a companion. Henry Witterly worries about his wife's health. The married couple invites Kate to attend the opera with them.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Ralph's Office (06:20)

Newman Noggs argues with his employer. Lord Verisopht obtains Kate's address from Ralph. Mrs. Nickleby is flattered by Sir Hawk and agrees to allow Pyle and Pluck to escort to the omnibus.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Ride Home (02:38)

Mr. Pyke and Mr. Pluck ask Mrs. Nickleby to sit in their box for the opera. The dowager dreams of being in the company of the aristocracy.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": At the Opera (03:24)

Mrs. Witterly is impressed by the proximity of nobility. Kate resists Sir Hawk's attempts to speak with her.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Business Alliances (03:44)

Kate confronts Ralph about the behavior of Lord Verisopht and Sir Hawk. Noggs comforts Kate and writes to Nicholas.

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby": Dinner Party (11:15)

Miss Snevillicci hosts a dinner party for her parents. Mr. Snevellicci and Mr. Lillyvick fight after the latter believes that he is flirting with Mrs. Lillyvick. After receiving Noggs' letter about his sister's plight, Nicholas announces he must leave to return to London.

Credits: Act Three: Part 1 (02:22)

Credits: Act Three: Part 1

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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. The second half of the play begins with a choral narration of earlier events. As Act III opens, a love interest for Nicholas develops. Madame Mantalini's business is about to go bankrupt, due to her husband's profligate ways, and Kate must leave. She takes a position as a lady's companion. While accompanying her mistress to the opera she again encounters the unwelcome advances of Hawk. When she complains to Uncle Ralph, Noggs sympathizes and sends for Nicholas.

Length: 56 minutes

Item#: BVL194819

ISBN: 978-1-64623-517-9

Copyright date: ©1982

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