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4.7 (3) · ComedyShakespeare

One plague and an Olivier Award nomination later, this all-new comedy is back

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‘A hit, a hit, an implausible hit!’ (Independent) Ben Elton’s five-star Olivier award-nominated stage production of the critically acclaimed and much adored BBC sitcom THE UPSTART CROW, returns to the West End stage.

‘Tis 1605 and England’s greatest playwright is in trouble. Will Shakespeare has produced just two plays; Measure for Measure, which according to King James was incomprehensible bollingbrokes by any measure, and All’s Well That End’s Well which didn’t even end well. Will desperately needs to maketh a brilliant new play to bolster his reputation and avoid being cast aside by King and country. But Will’s personal life is encountering more dramatic twists and turns than any theatrical story he can conjure. How the futtock can a Bard be expected to find a plot for a play whilst his daughters run amok and his house is used as refuge for any old waif and stray. As time runs out, can Will hold on to his dream of being recognised now and for all time, as indisputably the greatest writer that ever lived, or will family woes thwart Will’s chances of producing his masterwork?

Starring ‘the genius’ (Daily Mail) David Mitchell who will once more don the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare and Gemma Whelan who ‘winningly reprises her role’ (Evening Standard) as the sweet and fragrant Kate.

Directed by Sean Foley, The Upstart Crow will open at the Apollo Theatre on 23 September for a limited 10 week run.

Upstart Crow Tickets 

This September brings the hit TV sitcom Upstart Crow to the London stage to rapturous applause. Star David Mitchell once again dons his doublet and picks up his quill as Will Shakespeare. It’s 1605 and the harassed but talented playwright from Stratford-on-Avon desperately needs to keep churning out the hits, after two relative flops, in order to keep his reputation as England’s greatest dramatist intact. Will he keep favour with his royal patrons? Only time and some help from his friends will tell.

From start to finish Upstart Crow is a historic belly laugh, parts I, II and III. In fact, It would be a tragedy not to book Upstart Crow tickets and see David Mitchell walk the boards as the balding bard.

Pre-lockdown the production earned rave reviews across the board, critics said ‘Ben Elton is at his finest - It's a play even the great bard would be proud of.' –The Sun, and ‘The most consistently funny comedy since One Man Two Guvnors.' The Guardian.

Upstart Crow

Ben Elton's five-star Olivier award-nominated stage production Upstart Crow lands at the Apollo Theatre on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue. With Upstart Crow’s London run limited to just Friday 23 September to Saturday 3 December, it would be more than just a comedy of errors to miss it. David Mitchell says: "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to bring history's most famous balding dramatist to the West End via the amazing comic imagination of Ben Elton. Theatre goers can look forward to a comedy steeped in authentic Shakespearean ambience in every way apart from the smell."

Upstart Crow London Cast & Creatives

Leading the Upstart Crow London cast is Peep Show and Would I Lie to You star David Mitchell matchless as Will Shakespeare with Gemma Whelan returning as his sparring partner the cheery Kate, with the remaining band of merrie players to be announced this summer. Upstart Crow is directed by Sean Foley, and written by Ben Elton, set & costume design is by Alice Power, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound design by Andy Graham.

Upstart Crow tickets are Up for Grabs Now!

Upstart Crow is one unmissable production with David Mitchell revisiting his first ever West End role in a limited run of just ten weeks. So what are you waiting for? Grab your ruff and get your Upstart Crow theatre tickets now for a performance of pure entertainment. All’s well that ends well when you book in advance.

Critic reviews

Authentically Shakespearean right down to the puffling pants

· The Guardian (From 2020)

A rollicking ride

· West End Wilma (From 2020)

With the perfect mix of schoolboy humour, literary references, historical facts and over the top plot twists

· Londonist (From 2020)

Those who are tempted would be more foolish than Falstaff to miss this comic delight

· The Upcoming

David Mitchell and Gemma Whelan shine in theatre's love letter to Shakespeare

· London Theatre

Terrific Shakespeare spoof

· The Arts Desk (From 2020)

Laugh-til-it-hurts panto pleasure

· The Telegraph

It is entirely captivating

· WhatsOnStage (From 2020)

There are no flagons of ale on sale in the foyer but Ben Elton still turns a West End audience into noisily contented groundlings

· The Times (From 2020)

A deliriously silly adaptation of the acclaimed sitcom

· The Independent (From 2020)

The piece is an amiable night out at the theatre with some familiar faces delivering their usual quips

· Broadway World (From 2020)

This stage reprise of the Ben Elton-penned David Mitchell sitcom plays endearing homage to a fistful of Shakespeare’s plays

· Time Out (From 2020)

Mitchell is of course adroit at blending high and low comedy and is clearly the draw here

· Evening Standard

The stage version of Ben Elton’s Shakespeare sitcom is elevated by a fantastic comedy cast

· The Stage (From 2020)
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Date & time

Show ended
Fri 23 Sep - Sat 3 Dec 2022
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs


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Photo by Johan Persson (From 2020)
Photo by Johan Persson (From 2020)
Photo by Johan Persson (From 2020)
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Photo by Johan Persson (From 2020)
Photo by Johan Persson (From 2020)
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