Robert Lindsay & Craig Ferguson To Star In ‘Bleak Expectations’

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We can all expect great things with a cast this good! Craig Ferguson and Robert Lindsay will guest star in Bleak Expectations, which will showcase at the Criterion Theatre from May 3rd – September 3rd, 2023.

Speaking of the appointment, Lindsay commented “What a journey from my first school play, “What the Dickens” playing the Dartful Rodger through to Fagin at the Palladium to the peak of a “Bleak” appearance at the Criterion….. I’ve fulfilled my “Expectations”.

In hilarious parodies of Dickens’ classic stories, Mark Evans’s Radio 4 comedy of the same name, Bleak Expectations focuses on ‘Pip Bin’, who must deflect disaster to find his very own happy ending.

Ashh Blackwood, J.J. Henry, Shane David-Joseph, John Hopkins, Serena Manteghi, Rachel Summers, Marc Pickering, and Dom Hodson will star in the 18-week run. Robert Lindsay takes the role of Sir Philip “Pip” Bin from 23rd to 28th May, with Craig Ferguson then taking on the role from 20th to 25th June. The complete guest star cast schedule is currently as follows:


3- 7 May: Nina Wadia

9-14 May: Dermot O’Leary

16-21 May: Sally Phillips

23-28 May: Robert Lindsay

30 May – 4 June: Sue Perkins

6-11 June: Julian Clary

13-18 June: Adjoa Andoh

20-25 June: Craig Ferguson

27 June – 2 July: Lee Mack

4-9 July: Stephen Mangan

11-16 July: Jo Brand

18-23 July: Tom Allen

25-30 July: Jack Dee

1-6 August: Alexander Armstrong

8-13 August: Stephen Fry

15-20 August: Ben Miller

29 August – 3 September: Nish Kumar


Booking & Theatre Information For Bleak Expectations

The Criterion Theatre is an intimate West End theatre situated in Piccadilly Circus very heart of theatreland and has a capacity of 581 seats.

The auditorium generally offers good views throughout, however, some support pillars are dotted throughout the different sections, which can cause minor restrictions to the overall view of the stage in both the Stalls and Dress Circle.

Any restrictions are reflected in the ticket price and those seats affected are sold as restricted view however, it is highly recommended to study the seating plan in detail before purchase.

Premium seats in the theatre are located in both the front row of the Dress Circle in seats 12-21, and also in the centre of the Stalls section where the views of the stage are excellent.

Bargain hunters looking to book cheap tickets to Bleak Expectations can take advantage of the number of pillars situated in the venue, as the price of some seats can be heavily reduced, and provide value depending on the severity of the restriction. The front row of the Upper Circle also offers excellent value for money in the seats towards the ends of the rows which provide a good view of the stage and are regularly discounted.