Bleak Expectations

This Spring, see the cream of British comedy and acting talent take on the career defining role of The Narrator, in the riotous new comedy classic – Bleak Expectations.


Based on the award-winning radio series by Mark Evans, Bleak Expectations takes you on a joyfully anarchic journey through Dickensian London and beyond. Follow the heroic misadventures of young Pip Bin as he battles mistaken identities, contemptible conspiracies and surreal plot twists in his quest to save his family and find true love..


MAY: Nina Wadia, Dermot O’Leary, Sally Phillips, Robert Lindsay, Sue Perkins
JUNE: Julian Clary, Adjoa Andoh, Craig Ferguson, Lee Mack
JULY: Stephen Mangan, Jo Brand, Tom Allen, Jack Dee
AUGUST: Alexander Armstrong, Stephen Fry, Ben Miller, Nish Kumar

Get ready for a Bleaking unforgettable night of laugh-out-loud comedy action, from 3 May at London's Criterion Theatre. Book your tickets today.




• 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 Kuma

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.

Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

For access information please call the box office please call 020 7839 8811 or email

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges after purchase.

Where Do I Go

The Criterion is on Piccadilly Circus south-east side, by The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain (Eros). The theatre entrance faces the statue.

Piccadilly Circus tube station, exit 4, brings you to the front of the theatre.


4.0(17 reviews)

    Jun 9, 2023

    A great show, really funny brilliantly written and performed

  • Scarlett

    May 31, 2023

    A great adaption of the radio play, with additional physical comedy which really brought the story to life. All the roles were perfectly cast. I particularly enjoyed Hardthrasher and Gently, loving every moment they were on stage. All the cast did an excellent job. I would definitely recommend this paly for anyone who wants a fun filled theatre experience.

  • Karl MacGinty

    May 28, 2023

    A wild and wonderfully irreverent romp through the works of Charles Dickens. Well written and cast perfectly, the actors appeared to be having as much fun as the audience. in this frenetic, laugh-a-minute farce.

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