MKTOC Bleak Expectations

1st to 3rd June 2023 at the Chrysalis Theatre, Milton Keynes

Written by Mark Evans.

The story Charles Dickens might have written after drinking too much gin…

This Charles Dickens spoof was a splendidly silly story. It was the ‘best of times’… with a twist!

Our audiences thrilled to the adventures of Pip Bin, his siblings and friends as they raced against time to thwart the schemes of the wicked Mr Gently Benevolent.

A hugely silly parody on the works of Charles Dickens, this new stage adaptation brought a whole new comedic dimension to the massively popular Radio 4 comedy spoof. And swans. They laughed! They cried! They swooned! They nodded approvingly at the reasonably priced interval refreshments! A night of hilarious literary lunacy !

An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books. We were very fortunate to be able to produce this show while it was also being performed in the West End.

Costumes and props used in this show are available to hire – see our Costumes page for more information.

Show Dates, Times and Ticket Prices

1st to 3rd June 2023, at the Chrysalis Theatre, Camphill, Milton Keynes. MK15 9JY.

Thursday 1st June 2023 @ 7:30pm.
Friday 2nd June 2023 @ 7:30pm.
Saturday 3rd June 2023 @ 2:00pm. 
Saturday 3rd June 2023 @ 6:00pm.


Sir Philip Bin – Sean McDermott
Pip Pin – Michael Hutchinson
Miss Pippa Bin – Emma Dell
Miss Poppy Bin – Alys Brown
Thomas Bin – Stephen Johnson
Agnes Bin – Sue Whyte
Mr Gently Benevolent – Iain Wood
The Hardthrasher siblings – Gary Martindale
Mr Skinflint Parsimonious – David Lovesy
Harry Biscuit – David Lovesy
Rev. Broadly Fecund – Steve Clark
Miss Ripely Fecund – Kate Capp
Bakewell Havertwitch – Stephen Johnson
Miss Flora Dies-Early – Tayla Tysom
Ensemble of schoolboys and Londoners – Linda Davy, Roger Widdecombe, Gaia Cook & Jude Stacy
Dancer – Louise Capp

Production Team

Director Steve Clark
Production Manager – Emma Dell
Stage Management – Jade Johnson
Stage team – Mac, Kate Capp & Emily Thomas
Sound – Mark Luckin & Dave Howard
Lighting Design – Dave Greenway
Props – Pam Buckle
Wardrobe – Steve Clark & Emma Dell
Costumes – MKTOC
Hair and Make up – Emma Dell (One Salon)
Marketing & Publicity – David Lovesy & Emma Dell
Set Graphics – David Lovesy & Emily Thomas