Bleak Expectations

by Mark Evans

10th-17th May 2025 7.30pm
A joyfully anarchic journey through Dickensian London and beyond

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! 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. It offers rich opportunities to amateur theatre companies looking for a gloriously daft Dickensian romp which will have their audiences joyfully transported and begging for more.



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..


Pip Bin
Pippa Bin
Poppy Bin / Ripely Fecund
Harry Biscuit/Skinflint Parsimonius
Agnes Bin / Flora Dies Early
Thomas Bin / Bakewell Havertwitch / Broadly Fecund
Gently Benevolent/ vicar/ Harlan J Trashcan
The Hardthrashers x4
Reverend Praygood
Miss Chastity
Judge Solomon

Ensemble parts

St. Bastard School boys
Crutch Person (pg 57)
London Vendor
Rubbish dumpers
Rubbish collectors
Court Official


Director…. Verity Mann


Set…Chris Bannatyne, Frank Brown, John Lees

Lighting… David Plowright

Sound… Andrew Mann

Costumes… Verity Mann, Sue Lund, 

Stage Manager
Assistant SM


Sat 10th May 2025


7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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