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Watch an all-star cast in a comedic take on a Charles Dickens classic.
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About Bleak Expectations

Can Pip Bin save the day? See the hilarious Charles Dickens parody play in the West End. Bleak Expectations tickets are available on London Theatre now.

Mark Evans’s Bleak Expectations — named with a tongue-in-cheek nod to Great Expectations — started out as a Radio 4 drama. A spinoff television series The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff soon followed. The radio comedy centres on Sir Philip (Pip) Bin, a haughty inventor who holds the title of “richest man in England.” As the radio series developed, episodes parodied Victorian science fiction, adventures, and costume dramas. Think Bridgerton meets The War of the Worlds.

The Bleak Expectations play rewinds the clock to focus young Pip Bin. With the help of sisters Pippa and Poppy, Pip must avoid disaster all while escaping Mr. Gently Benevolent. There’s binloads of charm in this twee show, with The Times hailing it “a wickedly inventive parody of Victorian melodrama.” Find out if Pip can get his happy ending, or if he'll be thrown into the trash.

Who is in the Bleak Expectations cast?

The Bleak Expectations cast will include a star guest each week. They will take on the role of Sir Philip “Pip” Bin. During the run, original Bleak Expectations cast member Tom Allen will play the role.

  • 4-9 July: Stephen Mangan
  • 11-16 July: Hugh Dennis
  • 18-23 July: Tom Allen
  • 25-30 July: Jack Dee
  • 1-6 August: Alexander Armstrong
  • 8-13 August: Stephen Fry

Tickets to Bleak Expectations are available now. Book your Bleak Expectations tickets on London Theatre today.

Run time

2 hours 15 minutes (inc. interval)

Start date

3rd May, 2023

End date

13th August, 2023



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

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72 Reviews



37 Reviews | 0 Followers
Brilliant writting, Cosy, Entertaining, Farcical hilarity, Clever

See it if You love witty, farcical comedies with brilliant stabs at the culture of Dickensian novels and social status’. Also if you loved the radio.

Don’t see it if No reason. Go and see it or miss out!

Stage Door Matt

Stage Door Matt

26 Reviews | 2 Followers
Entertaining, Farce, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You like slapstick/farce style comedy

Don’t see it if you don’t like comedy

Catherine 352

Catherine 352

100 Reviews | 10 Followers
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing

See it if you want to have fun time. Mashed up Dickens in farce style. Witty wordy lines acted perfectly. You’ll love it.

Don’t see it if you don’t like comedy or you don’t like any of Dickens. Also may not so hilarious to those who don’t know anything about Dickens.



66 Reviews | 3 Followers
Delightful, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to spend a couple of hours being entertained with some very clever writing and great acting. Throw in a guest star narrator!

Don’t see it if You are studying Dickens for an exam and you wanted a study guide!

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Our Review

'Bleak Expectations' review — a Dickensian comedy that lacks character

2 of 5
24 May 2023, 16:56
Read our review of Bleak Expectations, directed by Caroline Leslie, now in performances at the Criterion Theatre through 3 September.

Bleak Expectations cast and creative team

By: Mark Evans Cast list: Nina Wadia, Dermot O’Leary, Sally Philips, Sue Perkins, Julian Clary, Adjoa Andoh, Lee Mack, Stephen Mangan, Hugh Dennis, Tom Allen, Jack Dee, Alexander Armstrong, Stephen Fry, Ben Miller, Nish Kumar, Robert Lindsay, Craig Ferguson, Ashh Blackwood, Shane David-Joseph, J.J. Henry, John Hopkins, Dom Hodson, Serena Manteghi, Marc Pickering, Rachel Summers


218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4XA


Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Haymarket) 3, 6, 12, 13, 19, 23, 38, 88, 139; (Regent Street) 14, 15, 22, 94, 159, 453
Night bus numbers: (Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 159, N3, N13, N18, N19, N38, N97, N136, N550, N551; (Regent Street) 14, 94, 159, 453, N15, N22, N109
Car park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (3 mins)
Directions from tube: The theatre can be seen on Piccadilly Circus next to the Eros statue.

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We strongly recommend and ask you to wear a face covering during your visit to The Criterion - including during the performance - unless you have an exemption.


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