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Bleak Expectations Tickets at The Criterion Theatre

Bleak Expectations Tickets at The Criterion Theatre

Dickens’ tropes are exaggerated to a hilarious and absurd level in Bleak Expectations!
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Tickets for Bleak Expectations are available now!

Based on the hit BBC Radio 4 comedy by Mark Evans this brand-new stage adaption portrays the story that Charles Dickens may have written after one too many gins… and of course, if he’d have lived for another 152 years! Bleak Expectations has captivated audiences and critics alike since its debut in 2007 and is the two-time winner of the Best Radio Sitcom Award. Taking all of Dickens’ tropes and exaggerating them to a hilarious and absurd level, Bleak Expectations at the Criterion Theatre is a unique show not to be missed. Book your tickets today so that you don’t miss out on this limited season!

About Bleak Expectations

Brace yourself for this chaotic caper through Dickensian London with tragic, half-orphan young Pip Bin, hopeless romantic and would-be-hero. Experience the adventure of Pip’s remarkable escapades with his sisters Pippa and Poppy and their best friend Harry Biscuit as they attempt to escape the evil clutches of Mr Gently Benevolent, defeat the irrepressible Hard thrasher siblings and avert disaster at every turn. Will evil be thwarted by virtue? Can love triumph over hate?

The cast and creatives of Bleak Expectations

Join a variety of beloved faces including Tom AllenAdjoa AndohAlexander ArmstrongJo BrandJack DeeStephen FryNish KumarLee MackStephen ManganBen Miller and Sue Perkins, (not all at once, don’t be greedy!). These guest stars will each take a turn as the narrator in this irresistible stage adaptation of the award-winning comedy series. Specific dates for guest star performances will be announced in due course, for now it’s a secret draw!

Bleak Expectations is created by Mark Evans. Mark Evans is a Welsh comedy writer, director and actor. His most notable work was for Mitchell and Webb’s radio show That Mitchell and Webb Sound and its award-winning television adaptation That Mitchell and Webb Look.

Regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era Charles Dickens, created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters in well over well over a dozen major novels, novellas and a large number of short stories.

Bleak Expectations tickets are available now!

This joyful, tumultuous comedy features hideous boarding schools, dastardly plans, devilish disguises, romances, death scenes and most definitely a happy ending. Book your tickets for Bleak Expectations today!

. 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!

Book Bleak Expectations Tickets at The Criterion Theatre Now!!

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StartsWednesday, 3 May 2023
EndsSunday, 3 September 2023
Running Time2 hours 15 mins including an interval.


VenueCriterion Theatre
Address218-223 Piccadilly, St. James's, London, W1V 9LB
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Nearest TubePiccadilly Circus
Seating PlanView Seating Plan

Minimum Age

This production is suitable for ages 10+

Important Notice

The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist at any performance, as this is subject to a variety of factors including illness, injury, or events beyond the producers’ control. No refunds or exchanges will be offered as a result of an artist’s unavailability to perform at any performance. Take a look at **[the guest star schedule](https://www.londontheatredirect.com/news/guest-star-schedule-released-for-bleak-expectations "the guest star schedule")** before you purchase your tickets!