'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?
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.
Authentically Shakespearean right down to the puffling pants
A deliriously silly adaptation of the acclaimed sitcom
There are no flagons of ale on sale in the foyer but Ben Elton still turns a West End audience into noisily contented groundlings
It is entirely captivating
The stage version of Ben Elton’s Shakespeare sitcom is elevated by a fantastic comedy cast
Welcome back Ben Elton, all is forgiven
Terrific Shakespeare spoof
Panto meets pentameters in funny but exhausting Shakespearean play
This stage reprise of the Ben Elton-penned David Mitchell sitcom plays endearing homage to a fistful of Shakespeare’s plays
The piece is an amiable night out at the theatre with some familiar faces delivering their usual quips
The result is an old-fashioned West End comedy that returns Ben Elton to Shaftesbury Avenue with a play
Shakespeare is meant for the stage, and Elton’s take on him is no exception
With the perfect mix of schoolboy humour, literary references, historical facts and over the top plot twists
A rollicking ride