Bleak Expectations (West End)
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Bleak Expectations (West End)
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Bleak Expectations (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

80%
(73 Ratings)
Positive
88%
Mixed
9%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious

About the Show

A comedic take on Dickens' 'Great Expectations', starring a rolling roster of celebrity guest stars!

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Show-Score Member Reviews (72)

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69 Reviews | 8 Followers
97
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see 'Harrumble' reinstated as a thing... Or enjoy Dickens and Victorian satires with a narrator and swans! or love a belly laugh

Don't see it if Anthony Head is the only disguised evil villain (Mr Gently Benevolent) for you, you hate ridiculous comedy names or jokes about ironing...

105 Reviews | 11 Followers
95
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing

See it if you want to have fun time. Mashed up Dickens in farce style. Witty wordy lines acted perfectly. You’ll love it.

Don't see it if you don’t like comedy or you don’t like any of Dickens. Also may not so hilarious to those who don’t know anything about Dickens.

98 Reviews | 8 Followers
81
Fun, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy comedy and some ridiculous food spirited fun

Don't see it if If you are looking to watch a serious show

224 Reviews | 42 Followers
80
Quirky, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever

See it if you love British farce or comedy like play that goes wrong

Don't see it if your expecting something similar to great expectations

62 Reviews | 2 Followers
76
Hilarious, Banal, Cliched, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy seeing Dickens sent up in clever ways with only cursory attention to post colonialism.

Don't see it if You are easily offended, confused or bored. Read more

82 Reviews | 6 Followers
75
Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want something just alright, this isn’t aiming very high, and it clears its low bar

Don't see it if You want something a little more substantial

174 Reviews | 6 Followers
75
Superb cast, Engaging, Fast paced, Laden with smiley moments, Fun

See it if You enjoy Skilful blending of wordy wit, physical prowess & charismatic performances.

Don't see it if classic books remixed into comic farce is not your preference.

112 Reviews | 6 Followers
73
Great writing, Funny

See it if You like fun plays

Don't see it if You want something serious

Critic Reviews (11)

BroadwayWorld
May 19th, 2023

"There is lots to enjoy here; the constant silliness means there nothing serious in the show, but that is exactly the point."
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The London Evening Standard
May 19th, 2023

"The comedy here is familiar, thin stuff, both exhausted and exhausting."
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The Telegraph (UK)
May 22nd, 2023

"Evans’ send-up of [Dickens’] classic… is so informed and quick-witted it doesn’t just fly the flag for intelligent parodies it salutes Dickens’ genius. English eccentricity at its madcap best."
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London Theatre
May 25th, 2023

"Even comic exaggeration wears out its welcome if it isn’t anchored in some kind of truth. However, the script made some nods in that direction, like the running commentary on the subjugation of women as they protest for their right to vote...I loved the nod toward Victorian-era repression with the statement that a bride can die from the shock of physical contact with a man"
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The Times (UK)
May 18th, 2023

" 'Bleak Expectations' could let itself off the leash more. Still, Evans knows how to turn running gags into plot elements and vice versa — whatever that anvil prop cost, it was worth it...I just couldn’t help wishing it had come a good half-hour sooner."
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The Stage (UK)
May 19th, 2023

"The first act runs out of steam quite quickly, and while there are undeniable belly-laughs in the second half, there’s a feeling that this is a fringe skit, uncomfortably drawn out to West End proportions."
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WhatsOnStage
May 19th, 2023

"[The play's] tropes ... get stretched to the point of translucence, and it all lacks a little cohesion. It’s like feasting on canapes – periodically delightful, but not exactly filling."
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All That Dazzles (UK)
May 19th, 2023

"Often very funny but showing signs of strain in its change of mediums, 'Bleak Expectations' still managed to provide an enjoyable evening at the theatre, and often had me thinking it was completely stupid – a compliment, with this kind of show."
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