Bleak Expectations

Last updated: 11/05/2022

Based on the hit BBC Radio 4 comedy

A brand new stage adaptation based on ‘the gloriously daft’ BBC Radio 4 series by Mark Evans.

Bleak Expectations is the story that Charles Dickens might have written after drinking too much gin. Two-time winner of the Best Radio Sitcom award and winner of a Sony Award, Bleak Expectations has captivated audiences and critics alike since its 2007 debut.

Hold on tight for a chaotic caper through Dickensian London with young Pip Bin: tragic half orphan, hopeless romantic and would-be-hero.

Follow Pip’s remarkable adventures with sisters Pippa and Poppy and best friend Harry Biscuit as they attempt to escape the scheming clutches of Mr Gently Benevolent, defeat the irrepressible Hardthrasher siblings and avert disaster at every turn. Will evil be vanquished by virtue? Can love triumph over hate? Immerse yourself in this joyful comedy mash-up featuring hideous boarding schools, dastardly plans, devilish disguises, pulse-quickening romances, heart-rendering death scenes, and definitely a happy ending.


Tickets from £15

First Week Special: £5 off tickets from 27 to 30 May


Accessible Performance: 

Audio Described Performance: Saturday 25 June at 2.30pm with a Touch Tour at 1p

Who to contact

Contact Name
Box Office
01635 46044

Where to go

The Watermill Theatre
RG20 8AE

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Friday 27 May to Saturday 2 July
Time of day

Quality checks

  • Not applicable

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