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Why Watch Bleak Expectations?

  • Expect to be thoroughly entertained by the new play Bleak Expectations in London’s West.
  • Taking Dickens’ tropes to the max, Bleak Expectations is a pastiche of Charles Dickens’ novels, namely Bleak House and Great Expectations.
  • Featuring beloved faces including Tom Allen, Adjoa Andoh, and Alexander Armstrong this show promises to be hilarious and something you simply cannot miss.
  • Based on the award-winning Dickensian comedy by Mark Evans, the show is just what the doctor ordered to put you in a good mood. Hurry! Grab your Bleak Expectations tickets now!

About Show

Show Details

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Buy your Bleak Expectations tickets now to watch this brilliant new stage adaptation of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy! Charles Dickens, who is regarded by many as the finest author of the Victorian era, produced some of the most well-known fictional characters in the world in more than a dozen significant novels, novellas, and numerous short tales. Mark Evans is the creator of Bleak Expectations. Welsh comedian Mark Evans is also a writer, director, and actor. His most well-known work was for That Mitchell and Webb Sound, a radio program, and That Mitchell and Webb Look, its television adaptation, won numerous awards, including the BAFTA.

The Story

Embark on a crazy odyssey through Dickens' London with Pip Bin, the young protagonist. Join Pip, an unfortunate half-orphan, incurable romantic, and would-be hero, his sisters Pippa and Poppy, their best buddy Harry Biscuit, and other characters in this journey as they try to escape Mr. Gently Benevolent's evil clutches, beat the unstoppable Hard thrasher twins, and evade danger throughout each moment. Will virtue be able to overcome evil? Can love trump hatred? Book your Bleak Expectations tickets today!

Show Timings

  • Show timings for Bleak Expectations are subject to change every week/month. You can check the show timings for your preferred date at the next stage of booking.

Cast & Crew

  • Creator: Mark Evans
  • The Guest Star Schedule: Nina Wadia (3- 7 May), Dermot O’Leary (9-14 May), Sally Philips (16-21 May), Sue Perkins (30 May - 4 Jun), Julian Clary (6-11 Jun), Adjoa Andoh (13-18 Jun), Lee Mack (27 Jun - 2 Jul), Stephen Mangan (4-9 Jul), Jo Brand (11-16 Jul), Tom Allen (18-23 Jul), Jack Dee (25 - 30 Jul), Alexander Armstrong (1-6 Aug), Stephen Fry (8-13 Aug), Ben Miller (15-20 Aug), Nish Kumar (29 Aug - 3 Sep)

  • This show is suitable for 10+.
  • Please keep in mind that London theatres do not have an age classification organization. This means that all age recommendations are subjective. Please use your judgment while purchasing tickets for any show.

Bleak Expectations Tickets

Book online tickets for Bleak Expectations play in London.

Booking Period: Bookings open till 3 Sep 2023

Tickets Redemption

  • Contactless E-tickets will be provided for online check-in.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your Bleak Expectations voucher instantly.
  • Please display the same on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. No need to take a printout.

Cancellation & Refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended or rescheduled.

Criterion Theatre

If you're looking for a charming West End theatre experience in the heart of London, look no further than Criterion Theatre. Located on Piccadilly Circus, this Victorian auditorium can host up to 588 patrons and is still standing strong after first opening its doors back in 1874. Its refurbished interior offers a regal atmosphere for all guests to enjoy!

Seating Capacity: 588

Criterion Theatre Seating Plan will help you find the best seats in the theatre.

Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

Address: 218-223 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1V 9LB, UK.

Tube: The nearest tube stations to the theatre are Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.

Bus: 3, 6, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 159, and 453.

Available Facilities: In-house bar, Cloakroom, Washrooms

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, Assistive Listening System, Accessible Toilets, Guide Dog Accomodation

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Criterion Theatre.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear or semi-formals are recommended. Keep in mind, that most London theatres are air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Outside Food: Most theatres do not allow outside food inside the theatres but most of them also have a café or restaurant inside the premises or nearby.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bleak Expectations Tickets

How do I buy Bleak Expectations tickets in London?

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How much do Bleak Expectations tickets cost?

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Is there a possibility that I will get partial view seating if I purchase discounted Bleak Expectations tickets?

Booking Bleak Expectations tickets online will give you the opportunity to select your specific seats, thus, ensuring you do not get stuck with partial view seating. But if you try your luck with lottery tickets, or purchase day seats, your seats will be allocated at the discretion of the Box Office, which can potentially mean partial view seating or split seats.

What is the opening date for Bleak Expectations?

Bleak Expectations opens on 3 May 2023 at Criterion Theatre.

What age is Bleak Expectations appropriate for?

Bleak Expectations does not have a strict age limit. However, it is most suitable for children aged 10 and above.

Where is Bleak Expectations playing in London?

Bleak Expectations is playing at Criterion Theatre in London and opens on 3 May 2023.

How long does Bleak Expectations run for?

The running time of Bleak Expectations is 2 hours and 15 minutes with an interval.

What is Bleak Expectations about?

Bleak Expectations is a play about the adventures of Pip Bin and his friends and is inspired by Charles Dickens' works.

Who are the main stars of Bleak Expectations?

The main stars of Bleak Expectations are Tom Allen, Adjoa Andoh, Alexander Armstrong, Jo Brand, Jack Dee, Stephen Fry, Nish Kumar, Lee Mack, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miller and Sue Perkins. The exciting cast of guest stars will each take a turn as the narrator in this show.

What is the dress code while attending Bleak Expectations?

There is no specific dress code at West End. However, it is prudent to dress in semi-formals or smart casuals and something comfortable. Carry a light sweater or a jacket as the theatre can get a bit chilly.

Is outside food allowed while attending Bleak Expectations?

No, outside food is not allowed while attending Bleak Expectations. Most theatres do have a cafeteria or bar inside the premises where you can get snacks and drinks.

What are the facilities available at Criterion Theatre?

Criterion Theatre has multiple facilities including wheelchair spaces, bar, and toilets available for the audience during Bleak Expectations.

Can I take pictures or videos of Bleak Expectations inside the theatre?

Photography, videography, and sound recording are prohibited inside the theatre. Some theatres do have a souvenir shop from where you can purchase pictures of stills of the show.

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