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Bleak Expectations

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"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!

Please see website for announced cast members and their individual performance dates.

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Bleak Expectations Ticket Information

  • Booking until:

    Sunday, 3 September 2023

  • Running time:

    2 hours 15 minutes (inc. interval)

  • Age restrictions

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

  • Important Information

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

    We cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist at any performance, as this is subject to a variety of factors beyond the producers’ control. No refunds or exchanges will be offered due an artist’s unavailability to perform.

  • Cancellations & Refunds

    Once booked, tickets to Bleak Expectations are usually non exchangeable and non refundable as per our terms & conditions. In practice, however, we will do our best to accommodate your request as long as we are notified at least 48 hours before the performance. Please contact us for more information.

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Bleak Expectations reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 19 reviews

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Press Reviews
London Box Office

"Zany Dickensian-inspired mayhem has landed at Piccadilly Circus in the form of a period farce with more Charles Dickens references than you could feasibly shake an ebony silver-topped cane at"

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Latest customer reviews
Bleak Expectations

Not so BLEAK funny great acting full of energy and good for all ages above 7years old. Hopefully the show will be repeated by popular demand. Many friends missed the show due to someone cutting the weeks viewing SHORT. Shame on whoever made the decision.

Reviewed on 14 August 2023 by , Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom

Really funny

Reviewed on 10 August 2023 by , Barcelona, Spain

Clever and very funny

Reviewed on 06 August 2023 by , East Barnet, United Kingdom

A total waste of time

Reviewed on 05 August 2023 by , Oxford, United Kingdom

Highly recommended

Reviewed on 03 August 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Life affirming and full of fun!

Fantastic acting, excellent stage set and funny script. Whole family (children aged 12, 14 and 16) enjoyed it. Bravo!

Reviewed on 25 July 2023 by , Bedford, United Kingdom

So much fun

This play grabs you right from the start. Pace, timing and clarity of diction second to none. In parts spontaneous, and at our show the audience participation was warming.

Reviewed on 06 July 2023 by , Harrow, United Kingdom


Good fun

Reviewed on 03 July 2023 by , London, United Kingdom

Nothing "Bleak" about this show!

A brilliant show.....entertaining and fun throughout. Don't think that you need to have read Dickens' novels to enjoy it! It is enjoyable in its own right, with the added "Twist" of scenes from ........anywhere!

Reviewed on 29 June 2023 by , Liverpool, United Kingdom

Great fun

Really enjoyed the show. I'm quite hard of hearing, so I missed a few lines that went down well with everyone else, and I confess I haven't read all Dickens' books, so I probably missed a few references - but they're was more than enough for a great night at the theatre.

Reviewed on 20 June 2023 by , Canterbury, United Kingdom

Lemony Snicket meets Charles Dickens

Humorous, in a slightly overblown but not quite slapstick way. Lots of wink, wink jokes about British male sexuality and the lack of anything resembling women’s rights. It’s not deep or philosophical, but it is overall a bit of a lighthearted romp through 19th century mores and behavior.

Reviewed on 12 June 2023 by , Olney, United States Of America

A really good laugh

Reviewed on 07 June 2023 by , Alderholt, United Kingdom

Corny farce

Reviewed on 18 May 2023 by , Clifton Hill, Australia

5 Stars

I had a fantastic time & at my favourite Theatre

Reviewed on 12 May 2023 by , St Neots, United Kingdom

Loved this!

Booked these tickets last minute and so so glad we did. It was hilarious and the cast were just fabulous and engaging. I loved this, congratulations to everyone, an utter joy!

Reviewed on 06 May 2023 by , Dungannon, United Kingdom

26 Jul
Emmie Newitt

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20 Jun
Emmie Newitt

BLEAK EXPECTATIONS To Close Early In The West End

by Emmie Newitt | Tuesday, June 20 2023, 14:59

The West End comedy BLEAK EXPECTATIONS has announced it will end its West End run a few weeks earlier than planned.

west-end-comedy-bleak-expectationsThe cast of Bleak Expectations at Criterion Theatre. photo by Manuel Harlan.

BLEAK EXPECTATIONS To Close Early In The West End
17 Apr
Eleni Cashell

Full cast and more guests announced for BLEAK EXPECTATIONS

by Eleni Cashell | Monday, April 17 2023, 12:02

Bleak Expectations castThe full ensemble cast for the upcoming production of BLEAK EXPECTATIONS has been confirmed, along with more guest stars.

Craig Ferguson and Robert Lindsay are the latest guest stars to join the star-studded line up.

Full cast and more guests announced for BLEAK EXPECTATIONS