Bleak Expectations at the Chrysalis theatre. 1-3 June 2023

An alternative take on Charles Dickens!

Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) are back doing what they do best – making audiences laugh to classic comedy and this time they’re entertaining us with Bleak Expectations, written by Mark Evans.

Described by reviewers as ‘Dickens meet Monty Python’ and the the story Charles Dickens might have written after drinking too much gin… this spoof is a splendidly silly story. Join them for the ‘best of times’… with a twist!

A hugely silly parody on the works of Charles Dickens, this new stage adaptation brings a whole new comedic dimension to the massively popular Radio 4 comedy spoof. And swans. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll swoon! You’ll nod approvingly at the reasonably priced interval refreshments! Thrill to the adventures of Pip Bin, his siblings and friends as they race against time to thwart the schemes of the wicked Mr Gently Benevolent. Raise your own bleak expectations and come join MKTOC at the wonderful Chrysalis Theatre, Milton Keynes for a night of hilarious literary lunacy you won’t forget!

The show runs from 1st to 3rd June and MKTOC would love to see you sitting in the audience, along with your family, friends or indeed anyone you meet on the way there. Tickets along with all the information you need are online at

MKTOC are always good value for money, and with tickets at just £15 (£13 concessions, you’re assured of a great evening suitable for all comedy fans! Previous sell out shows have included ‘Fawlty Towers’, ‘Blackadder’, ‘Porridge’, ‘the Vicar of Dibley ‘and ‘Allo Allo’.

This amateur production is by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.