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

Upstart Crow

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 15 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 07 Feb 2020
Press night: 18 Feb 2020
Booking from: 31 Mar 2020
Booking until: 25 Apr 2020

Location and map

Gielgud Theatre
35 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 6AR

236 Reviews Add review

I love the TV show and I loved this. You can read in the comments sections of reviews that people would love to go, but the tickets... More

markh25 34 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

A brilliant, funny and entertaining evening and despite being in the grips of the Coronavirus the theatre was completely full which... More

davids110 1 review, 0 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, 248 reviews, 14 helpful votes

Absolutely fantastic production. Witty, engaging and kept the audience laughing right through to the end. I thought it translated very... More

helenm32 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Brilliant. Funny. As good as TV show and better for being live! New material with enough links to TV to make it familiar. Excellent... More

fredag 1 review, 0 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

Great funny show that follows on nicely from the BBC's 3rd TV series of Upstart Crow Would happily watch this comedy again

iainm9 2 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