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The Upstart Crow brings the hit TV comedy to the West End, starring David Mitchell as Shakespeare in a witty, laugh-out-loud performance.

British comedy at its finest, forsooth!

Ben Elton’s brilliant historical romp, described by The Guardian as ‘The most consistently funny comedy since One Man Two Guvnors’, is back in the West End for a strictly limited 10-week season. The Upstart Crow brings the hit sitcom to life on stage in a laugh-out-loud farce that is not to be missed.

British comedy legend David Mitchell (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look) plays William Shakespeare in an earlier stage of his writing career. He is desperate for a hit, and finds plenty of inspiration from the zany characters around him – including wannabe actress Kate, his own demanding daughters and the puritan physician John Hall.

Gemma Whelan will be joining the cast again as Kate, following her warm reception in the original 2020 run. The other players are yet to be announced, but expect a fine troupe of UK comedy talent. Creative powerhouse Ben Elton writes the script, which he assures is a standalone work and not simply an adaptation of the popular sitcom.

Book The Upstart Crow tickets for a guaranteed night of big laughs this Autumn. It’s a mad-cap cavalcade of Shakespearian shenanigans.

Sorry this show closed 03 December 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
01 Dec 2022 - 03 Dec 2022
Running time:
2 hours including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 10+

Upstart Crow Reviews

71 Reviews
  • 5 Stars62%
  • 4 Stars31%
  • 3 Stars4%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Stars1%

User Reviews

The show is intelligent, witty and funny. I found the sounds too loud and the speed of talking too fast - but English is not my mother language. My biggest disappointment was that an understudy replaced Gemma Whelan. The understudy was very good but Read more

Performance date: 16 November 2022

Just so clever and so funny. Elton intertwines various Shakespearian plots (Othello, Lear, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet etc) and numerous additional Shakespearian reference with today's world of gender/ID politics etc. The clever bit is that he does Read more

Performance date: 10 November 2022

Exceptional night out. The lines come so quickly, littered with Shakespeare quotes and references, so you need to plug in your Shakespeare brain before curtain up. Seriously hilarious - from stupid humour (dancing bear) slapstick etc, to high brow wi Read more

Performance date: 10 November 2022
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