Bleak Expectations tickets

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Bleak Expectations

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Bleak Expectations

Bleak Expectations is the riotous story Charles Dickens might have written after drinking too much gin! And, crucially, had lived for another 152 years.


The chaotic capers of a young Pip Bin are bought to life by an effervescent ensemble of actors who are joined each week by a new famous face. The magnificent muster of guest stars includes Tom Allen, Adjoa Andoh, Alexander Armstrong, Jo Brand, Julian Clary, Jack Dee, Stephen Fry, Nish Kumar, Lee Mack, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miller, Dermot O’Leary, Sue Perkins, Sally Philips and Nina Wadia.


Don’t miss this “irresistible” (The Times) stage adaptation of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy series, making its West End premiere this May. Book today and we shall see you there. Harrumble!

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: 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.

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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