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A brand new and completely unique Dickensian tale conjured every night by the creators of Bristol’s uplifting comedy hit, Closer Each Day

Misty alleyways, raucous taverns, evil landlords and endearing orphans – No Expectations: The Unscripted Dickens breathes life into Victorian England with Closer Each Day Company’s fresh and welcoming style of improvised comedy theatre.

Midnight, 1860, and a struggling novelist is suffering terribly with writers’ block. Nothing can inspire their latest story until a few audience suggestions light a spark in their imagination…

Previously entitled ‘Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Tale’, the show has thrilled sold out audiences at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Salisbury Playhouse and across the South West. Don’t miss the chance to see this entirely spontaneous and deliciously Dickensian show that will leave you asking, ‘Please sir, can I have some more?’.

“Truly brilliant.”
★★★★★ Epigram on Closer Each Day

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery.”
★★★★ Stage Talk on Closer Each Day

“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.”
Visit Bristol on Closer Each Day

An original production by Closer Each Day Company, co-produced with The Wardrobe Theatre
Directors – Lindsey Garwood, John Lomas
Cast – Sean Duffy, Lindsey Garwood, Andrew Kelly, Andrew Kingston, John Lomas, Rebecca MacMillan, Peta Maurice, Rachael Procter-Lane, Matthew Whittle
Musicians – Jack Drewry, Simon Hembra, Rob Eggington
– Rob Kershaw, Jack Drewry
Costume Design
– Alice Lamb
Lighting Design – Chris Collier
Producers – Matthew Whittle, Lindsey Garwood

The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol: 17-19 May & 31 May – 2 June 2022
Salisbury Playhouse:
9-11 January 2020
Pound Arts Centre, Corsham:
19 December 2019
Theatre Shop, Clevedon:
13-14 December 2019
Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol:
8-9 & 21-22 December 2019
Tolmen Centre, Cornwall: 7 December 2019
Rondo Theatre, Bath:
4 December 2019Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol: 13-14 May 2019
Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol: 9-11 & 21-22 December 2018

  • Dates: Touring 2018-2022
  • Suitable for: Ages 14+
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  • Suitable for: Ages 14+
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