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Bleak Expectations

This summer, 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

Get ready for a Bleaking unforgettable night of laugh-out-loud comedy action, playing until 13 August at London's Criterion Theatre. Book your tickets today.

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.




• 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: Hugh Dennis
• 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.

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.

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Latest customer reviews

  • Brilliant and surreal!

    8 September 2023

    The best show I have seen in years- quirky and genuinely funny

    Jan ward Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Brilliantly funny

    14 August 2023

    Amazing show, a laugh a minute from start to finish. The cast were superb and Stephen Fry a perfect narrator.

    Jan Bryant Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Bleak Expectations

    13 August 2023

    I wasn't sure what to expect as hadn't listened to radio show and was coming with someone who had, so we both had different expectations (excuse the pun) Steven Fry was our narrator of choice and we were not disappointed. He was brilliant. The cast were exceptional and gave every ounce of energy and enthusiasm to their role, which for some were many different characters. We both laughed out loud throughout the performance. Loved it. Only regret is that we weren't able to come see the play each time there was a new narrator as I am sure this must have added something different and special everytime.

    Jo Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Great Fun

    11 August 2023

    Plenty of laughs and fun in this farce. Stephen Fry in very good form. Marc Pickering stole the show with his manic and highly enjoyable performance.

    Allen Confirmed ticket purchaser