Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow

Gielgud Theatre · 07 FEB - 25 APR

Ben Elton brings his critically acclaimed and much adored BBC sitcom UPSTART CROW to its natural home, the stage, with an all-new comic play set to delight London's West End. Starring David Mitchell, once more donning the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare and Gemma Whelan as the sweet and fragrant Kate.

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25 September 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Do we need to say anything? It's David Mitchell on the West End! Upstart Crow is a hilarious BBC comedy about Britain's most famous thesp: William Shakespeare. We're very excited that it is coming to the stage; and that Mitchell will be joined by his brilliant co-star Gemma Whelan. She was Yara in Game of Thrones and is an absolute powerhouse of a performer and very witty to boot.”


'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?

Date & time

Opening 07 Feb
Fri 7 Feb - Sat 25 Apr, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


Gielgud Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 6AR London, UK · Get Directions
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