Bleak Expectations

Written by: Mark Evans

Directed by: Brian Seal

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  • Monday 4th March to Saturday 9th March 2024

  • The Queen Mother Theatre

  • The Bancroft Players


A live radio presentation of a story Charles Dickens might have written after drinking too much gin…

A very silly play based on a very silly BBC radio show…

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! Will evil be vanquished by virtue? Can love triumph over hate?

Mark Evans’ stage play 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 the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series, the play opened at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, in 2022, directed by Caroline Leslie. It transferred to the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End in 2023, where it featured a medley of many well-known actors and comedians.