Step right up to witness a side of Charles Dickens you’ve never seen before! Prepare yourself for a rollicking good time with Bleak Expectations, a side-splitting stage adaptation of the beloved BBC Radio 4 comedy by the masterful Mark Evans. It’s the wild adventure that might have been written by an intoxicated Dickens after having sipped on one too many gins (if he’d have lived for another 152 years of course).
Experience all of Dickens’ trademark elements, but amplified to absurd levels. With a plot that will leave you in stitches and characters that will have you roaring with laughter, this show has it all – and now, a ridiculously lavish guest star schedule, including the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Sue Perkins and Stephen Fry, jolly good! Don’t miss out on this limited season at the Criterion Theatre – the two-time winner of the Best Radio Sitcom Award is now a stage sensation that’s captivating audiences and critics alike. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets today!
The guest star schedule for Bleak Expectations:
3- 7 May: Nina Wadia
9-14 May: Dermot O’Leary
16-21 May: Sally Philips
30 May – 4 June: Sue Perkins
6-11 June: Julian Clary
13-18 June: Adjoa Andoh
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
The original radio show ran for 30 episodes between August 2007 and 2012, following young Pip’s exploits with sisters Pippa and Poppy plus best friend Harry Biscuit as they attempted to escape the calculating clutches of the dastardly Mr Gently Benevolent, and defeat the hideous Hardthrasher siblings.
The London show, written by original creator Mark Evans, follows a run at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, Berkshire, last summer.