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    [a] joyously silly Dickensian romp
    English eccentricity at its madcap best
    The Daily Telegraph

Bleak Expectations Tickets

Join Pip Bin and his friends on a hilarious Dickensian adventure, featuring guest appearances from some of your favourite comedians.

A star-studded Dickensian parody

What would happen if Charles Dickens drank too much gin, lived for another 150 years, and wrote a West End play? Find out in Bleak Expectations at the Criterion Theatre, the daft new comedy that sends up the best of Victorian melodrama.

Join orphan Pip Bin, his sisters Pippa and Poppy, and his best friend Harry Biscuit as they outrun the clutches of scheming Mr. Gently Benevolent. Will virtue win over evil? Will depressing boarding schools and devilish plotting be foiled once and for all? And most importantly, will there be a happy ending with lots of romance?

The Bleak Expectations play is a fantastically silly adaptation of Mark Evans’ award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.

If an ultimate parody of Dickens’ greatest hits wasn’t enough, each week, familiar faces from the world of showbiz will take to the stage. Tom Allen, Adjoa Andoh, Jo Brand, Alexander Armstrong, Stephen Fry, Sue Perkins, and Lee Mack are just some of the stars donning bonnets, tails, and dastardly disguises in this madcap comedy.

This uproarious and witty show is at the Criterion Theatre for a strictly limited season, so book Bleak Expectations tickets now to join the fun.

Sorry this show closed 13 August 2023, we recommend these similar productions.

The Choir of Man
Performance dates:
02 Sep 2023 - 13 Aug 2023
Running time:
2 hours and 15 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 10+
Audience Notes:
Please note that the appearance of any performer cannot be guaranteed, and is always subject to illness, injury and statutory holiday entitlement.

Latest Audience Reviews

This show was so funny, it had me laughing from start to finish. All cast were great, but Stephen... More

Incredibly funny! I saw Stephen fry and it was brilliant. I laughed every minute and am very plea... More

The show is hilarious. The narrator during my show was Alexander Armstrong and he was very charmi... More

A high energy comedy that has some laughs but doesn’t always meet its potential, and is not alway... More

Absolutely brilliant! A complete mash up of all Dickens novels but in a really nice way. Extremel... More

Based on the gothic novel by Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, this adaptation, which had... More

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