A moneylender and Uncle Ralph plot to force Nicholas' beloved Madeline into marriage and gain her fortune.
Nicholas, a successful actor and playwright, returns to London to help his sister and renounce his Uncle Ralph.
Nicholas and Smike, a crippled orphan, leave London and join a traveling troupe.
The Royal Shakespeare Company performs Charles Dickens' tale of a young man who must make his way in 19th century England after his father's death. With Roger Rees, Emily Richard and Jane Downs.