Bleak Expectations

Jack Dee and Tom Allen have been announced for Mark Evans’ hilarious and high-octane Dickens mash-up, adapted from the hugely successful and award-winning radio comedy, Bleak Expectations.

The duo will play the role of Sir Philip Bin, with the production opening in preview at the Criterion Theatre from Wednesday, 3 May 2023. It will have a press night on Thursday, 18 May, and performances will run until Sunday, 3 September 2023.

The performance schedule is as follows:
18 to 23 July: Tom Allen
25 to 30 July: Jack Dee

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!

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