Bleak Expectations
Bleak Expectations  Tickets

Bleak Expectations Tickets

Criterion Theatre, London
3 May 2023 - 3 Sep 2023
2 hours 15 minutes (inc. interval)

About Bleak Expectations

"A wickedly inventive parody of Victorian melodrama" The Times

Join a medley of much-loved faces including Tom Allen, Adjoa Andoh, Alexander Armstrong, Jo Brand, Jack Dee, Stephen Fry, Nish Kumar, Lee Mack, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miller or Sue Perkins* in this “irresistible”(The Times) stage adaptation of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy series Bleak Expectations. Follow the hilarious misadventures of the young Pip Bin - tragic half orphan, hopeless romantic and would-be-hero - as this glorious Victorian mash-up arrives at the Criterion Theatre for a limited season from the 3 May.

Not all at the same time, obviously, that would be ridiculous*

Bleak Expectations is the riotous story that Charles Dickens might havewritten after drinking too much gin. Follow Pip’s extraordinary exploits with sisters Pippa and Poppy plus best friend Harry Biscuit as they attempt to escape the calculating clutches of the dastardly Mr Gently Benevolent, defeat the hideous Hardthrasher siblings, and deflect disaster at every turn!

Will evil be vanquished by virtue? Can love triumph over hate? Escape with this joyfully anarchic comedy featuring barbarous boarding schools, contemptible conspiracies, roaring romances, devilish disguises, and definitely, probably, hopefully, a happy ending!

  • 3-7 May: Nina Wadia
  • 9-14 May: Dermot O’Leary
  • 16-21 May: Sally Philips
  • 23-28 May: Robert Lindsay
  • 30 May - 4 June: Sue Perkins
  • 6-11 June: Julian Clary
  • 13-18 June: Adjoa Andoh
  • 20-25 June: Craig Ferguson
  • 27 June - 2 July: Lee Mack
  • 4-9 July: Stephen Mangan
  • 11-16 July: Jo Brand
  • 18-23 July: Tom Allen
  • 25-30 July: Jack Dee
  • 1-6 August: Alexander Armstrong
  • 8-13 August: Stephen Fry
  • 15-20 August: Ben Miller
  • 29 August - 3 September: Nish Kumar

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10+. Guidance on Content: This performance uses prop guns and contains loud noises, haze and at points flashes of light.

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