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The Upstart Crow

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. 

‘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?

‘The most consistently funny comedy since One Man Two Guvnors.’ ★★★★★ The Guardian
‘A hit, a hit, an implausible hit!’ ★★★★ The Independent
‘Elton’s brilliant Upstart Crow is Jacobean satire straight out of the Blackadder playbook’ ★★★★ Daily Mail
‘This play deserves love lavished upon it. It is hard to resist the delirious silliness. Entirely captivating’ ★★★★ What’s On Stage
‘The laughter is communal and continual. Just the hey nonny-nonny nonsense the doctor ordered’ ★★★★ The Telegraph
‘A terrific Shakespeare spoof’ ★★★★ The Arts Desk

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Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR

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7th Feb - 5th April 2020

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Gielgud Theatre

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Latest customer reviews

  • Upstart Crow

    20 March 2020

    Thoroughly enjoyed the performance, acting was excellent.

    Mike Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Clever script

    17 March 2020

    We thoroughly enjoyed our evening.The production was excellent, so well written. We laughed from start to finish. Brilliant the way all issues were covered in such a tongue in cheek way, and the dancing bear was genius.

    Linda Neville Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Genius

    16 March 2020

    Highly professional production. Everything was amazing, from the script to the set, the acting, the costumes and dancing. It was such a great play probably one of the best I have ever seen. I bought this for my husband and he was so pleased.

    Maz Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • The Upstart Crow

    16 March 2020

    Throughly enjoyed this excellent performance- clever, witty and fast paced, it was a welcome diversion from more serious matters. A physically and verbally challenging performance with many laugh out loud moments, I found it totally absorbing, as did my fellow theatre goers. Thank you to the cast, writers and all involved.

    Allie O'Brien Confirmed ticket purchaser

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