Bleak Expectations 2023 cast in London’s West End

Bleak Expectations is playing London’s West End for 2023 – here’s who’s on the cast!

Based on the award-winning radio series by Mark Evans, the runs Criterion Theatre to 3 September 2023. Tickets are on sale now here.

Caroline Leslie directs the production which transfers from the Watermill Theatre in Newbury after its successful debut last summer.

Bleak Expectations 2023 West End cast

The play will feature each week a very special guest star in the role of The Narrator.

Those scheduled to appear are Nina Wadia (3 – 7 May), Dermot O’Leary (9 – 14 May), Sally Phillips (16 – 21 May), Robert Lindsay (23 – 28 May), Sue Perkins (30 May – 4 June), Julian Clary (6 – 11 June), Adjoa Andoh (13 – 18 June), Craig Ferguson (20 – 25 June), Lee Mack (27 June – 2 July), Stephen Mangan (4 – 9 July), Jo Brand (11 – 16 July), Tom Allen (18 – 23 July), Jack Dee (25 – 30 July), Alexander Armstrong (1 – 6 August), Stephen Fry (8 – 13 August), Ben Miller (15 – 20 August) and Nish Kumar (29 August – 3 September).

Making up the ensemble cast are Ashh Blackwood as Agnes Bin/Flora Dies-Early, Shane David-Joseph as Thomas Bin / Bakewell Havertwitch/ Broadly Fecund, J.J. Henry as Harry Biscuit, John Hopkins as Gently Benevolent, Dom Hodson as Pip Bin, Serena Manteghi as Pippa Bin, Marc Pickering as The Hardthrashers and Rachel Summers as Poppy Bin / Ripely Fecund.

Completing the company are understudies Conor Dumbrell, Eric Mallett, Abigail Matthews and Emily Waters.

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.

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The production has design by Kate Lias, lighting by Andrew Exeter, sound by Ella Wahlström and casting by Lucy Jenkins & Sooki McShane.

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