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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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28 Feb 2020

Fabulous show, would thoroughly recommend

Fiona Smith
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27 Feb 2020

I thought the play was brilliant and such fun. Laugh followed laugh but even missed some jokes as was still taking in the previous one! Have to admire the way the actors cope with so much dialogue in such a fast moving play.

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27 Feb 2020

A wonderful evening of laughter. Well done!

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27 Feb 2020

Absolutely wonderful. I chuckled from beginning to end. Superbly acted too.

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27 Feb 2020

Very good show, very well written and the actors were fantastic. Lovely venue too.


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7th Feb - 5th April 2020

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Shaftesbury Avenue