Upstart Crow at Gielgud Theatre tickets
Upstart Crow at Gielgud Theatre tickets

Upstart Crow tickets from £36.00

Tickets from £36.00

About the show

Shakespeare himself makes a welcome return to the stage in 2020 as BBC sitcom Upstart Crow storms the West End. Starring David Mitchell as the Bard, this new play from Ben Elton promises a rip-roaringly good time as audiences drop in on the escapades of Will & co.

The year is 1605, and William Shakespeare isn’t quite the legendary playwright we all know and love. King James has just rubbished his latest work, his daughters have gone wild, and his house has turned into a refuge for everyone and their dog.

As Will struggles to cling onto his good reputation and secure his place in the theatrical history books, will he be able to write the ultimate masterwork? Or is he doomed to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…

Comedian David Mitchell makes his West End debut as William Shakespeare, after playing the role to acclaim on television. A regular on panel shows Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week, he is best known for Peep Show.

Mitchell will be joined in Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre by Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan, who plays Kate, Helen Monks (Raised by Wolves) as Susanna, Rob Rouse (The Friday Night Project) as Bottom and Steve Speirs as Burbage and Mark Heap as Dr. John Hall.

Upstart Crow first aired on BBC Two in 2016 and celebrated its third season in 2018. It is the brainchild of BAFTA Award winning writer Ben Elton, whose credits include The Young Ones and Blackadder. On stage it is directed by current Birmingham Rep Artistic Director, Sean Foley (The Man in the White Suit).

With more twists, turns and laughs than Twelfth Night, Upstart Crow in the West End is sure to have you looking at Shakespeare in a whole new light. Catch the show in 2020, when it runs from 7 February for a limited season.

Recommended for

Fans of Upstart Crow on the BBC shouldn’t miss out on its hilarious stage debut. This is also a perfect play for any older fans of Horrible Histories and the Globe Theatre’s Emilia.

Age Recommendations: TBC. All persons aged under 16 must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats, entry could be refused.

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours (including interval)
Opened: 07 Feb 2020
Press night: 18 Feb 2020
Booking from: 24 Feb 2020
Booking until: 25 Apr 2020

Next available performances

Monday 24 Feb 2020--7:30pm
Tuesday 25 Feb 2020--7:30pm
Wednesday 26 Feb 20202:30pm7:30pm
Thursday 27 Feb 2020--7:30pm
Friday 28 Feb 2020--7:30pm
Saturday 29 Feb 2020--7:30pm
Monday 02 Mar 2020--7:30pm

Location and map

Gielgud Theatre
35 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 6AR

80 Reviews Add review

I've never seen the TV sitcom so didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. This was an absolute hoot from start to... More

joc78 5"4, 428 reviews, 7 helpful votes

The show is incredibly faithful to the BBC Upstart Crow TV series of which I am a fan, so I thoroughly enjoyed this. It is a fun way... More

LondonLass 5"1, 244 reviews, 14 helpful votes

Really enjoyable and much funnier than I was expecting. To really get the most out of the show it helps if you have some knowledge... More

chocoholics2005 4"10, 82 reviews, 0 helpful votes

If you've seen the TV series you'll have a good idea what to expect - but I was pleased that this was a genuine stage show and not... More

mikelees 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Love the tv show and was not disappointed by the stage play. Writing excellent and full of jokes, pace and character. The acting from... More

martinc18 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic show, it was well paced and lots of very comic moments and costumes, we saw familiar and new faces , lots of references to... More

ruthh20 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Lots of fun. Topical twists you don’t get in the TV show. Most of the TV show actors reprise their roles.

chrishargreaves 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

irisjeregenboog 161, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Extremely funny with lots of topical issues integrated into a script about Elizabethan England. Simple set with easily changed backcloths... More

patj3 1 review, 0 helpful votes