Bleak Expectations

Bleak Expectations $15.99

Mark Evans

Published by Nick Hern Books

Large Mixed Cast

The story Charles Dickens might have written after drinking too much gin…

Follow half-orphan Pip's extraordinary exploits with sisters Pippa and Poppy and 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!

Bleak Expectations is a hilarious, chaotic caper, featuring dastardly villains, preposterous names, pulse-quickening romances, heart-rending death scenes, and definitely, probably, hopefully a happy ending

Based on Mark Evans' award-winning BBC Radio 4 series, Bleak Expectations plays at the Criterion Theatre in London's West End until September 2023, where it features a medley of many well-known actors and comedians


"Dickens with a dash of Monty Python ... nimbly combines period detail with a sense of the absurd ... immaculately polished puns and in-jokes" ~ The Times

"A fast-paced comedy mashup that sends up Britishness with oodles of silliness ... zings with intelligence, imagination and comic anarchy" ~ Guardian

"Cheek-achingly funny ... a ceaseless stream of quick one-liners that delivers laugh after laugh of pure entertainment ... a great night out" ~ Broadway World

"A gloriously comic mash-up ... hurrah, huzzah and harrumble!" ~ WhatsOnStage

"Witty, hilarious ... filled with so much fun and comic cleverness with tongue-in-cheek humour and many in-jokes ... sparkles with inventiveness" ~ British Theatre Guide

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