Robert Lindsay and Craig Ferguson to join ‘Bleak Expectations’ West End cast

The pair will play Sir Philip “Pip” Bin for one week each. They join Lee Mack, Sue Perkins, Stephen Fry, and Tom Allen in the 18-strong star guest lineup.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Expect great things with this West End cast! Robert Lindsay and Craig Ferguson will guest star in Bleak Expectations, running at the Criterion Theatre from 3 May through 3 September.

“What a journey from my first school play, "What the Dickens” playing the Dartful Rodger through to Fagin at the Palladium to the peak of a “Bleak” appearance at the Criterion….. I’ve fulfilled my “Expectations”, said Lindsay.

Based on Mark Evans’s Radio 4 comedy of the same name, Bleak Expectations parodises Charles Dickens’s stories with Victorian tropes: Pip Bin must deflect disaster and find his own happy ending.

Ashh Blackwood, Shane David-Joseph, J.J. Henry, John Hopkins, Dom Hodson, Serena Manteghi, Marc Pickering, and Rachel Summers will star in the 18-week run. Lindsay will play Sir Philip “Pip” Bin from 23 to 28 May. Ferguson will then take on the role from 20 to 25 June. The guest star cast schedule to date is as follows:

3- 7 May: Nina Wadia
9-14 May: Dermot O’Leary
16-21 May: Sally Phillips
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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Photo credit: Robert Lindsay and Craig Ferguson (Photos courtesy of production)

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