An additional four guest stars have been added to the list of names who will play the role of Sir Philip Bin in Caroline Leslie’s irresistible production of Mark Evans’ glorious comedy mash-up Bleak Expectations.
Julian Clary, Dermot O’Leary, Sally Philips and Nina Wadia join the list of names previously announced. Each will play the part of Sir Philip Bin for one week. A schedule of dates can be found below.
The production will open in previews at the Criterion Theatre from 3 May. It will have a press night on 18 May and performances will run until 3 September.
Other names confirmed so far to make an appearance are: Tom Allen, Adjoa Andoh, Alexander Armstrong, Jo Brand, Jack Dee, Stephen Fry, Nish Kumar, Lee Mack, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miller and Sue Perkins.
Julian Clary said: “Such a thrill to be giving my Sir Pip Bin in BLEAK EXPECTATIONS. It is a challenging role and I look forward to being stretched as never before.”
Dermot O’Leary said: “I’m thrilled, excited, nervous, (all those wonderful sensations) can’t wait for a week of Dickensian silliness.”
Sally Philips said: “What larks we’ll have, Pip, what larks we’ll have.”
Bleak Expectations follows young 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!