Upstart Crow

Gielgud Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Public Previews: 7 February 2020
Opens: 18 February 2020
Closes: 25 April 2020

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Show times
Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no show

Tue 18 Feb at 7.00pm only

Runs 1 hour and 40 minutes including one interval

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Upstart Crow

Ben Elton's new stage comedy Upstart Crow in London, starring David Mitchell and based on the hit television series

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 by any measure, and All's Well That End's Well which didn't even end well. Will now desperately needs to write a brilliant new play to bolster his reputation and avoid being cast aside by King and country. The only problem is that Will's personal life is encountering more dramatic twists and turns than any theatrical story he can conjure, or can he?

The cast for this stage production features David Mitchell as 'Will Shakespeare' along with Gemma Whelan as 'Kate' - who are both reprsing their roles from the television series. Further casting for this stage production is to be announced. Directed by Sean Foley.

Gemma Whelan's West End stage credits include the role of 'Flora' in Jamie Lloyd's revival of Harold Pinter's A Slight Ache at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2019.

Ben Elton's London theatre writing credits include the Rod Stewart musical Tonight's The Night at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 2003; the Queen musical We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre in 2002; the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Beautiful Game at the Cambridge Theatre in 2000; and the comedy Gasping at the Haymarket Theatre in 1990.

The original six-episode BBC Two television series premiered in 2016, with a further two six-episode series broadcast in 2017 and 2018. The cast for the television series featured David Mitchell as 'Will Shakespeare', with Liza Tarbuck as his wife 'Anne Hathaway', Helen Monks as their daughter 'Susanna', Paula Wilcox and Harry Enfield as Will's parent's 'Mary Arden' and 'John Shakespeare', Rob Rouse as Will's household servant 'Ned Bottom', Gemma Whelan as the daughter of Will's landlord (and aspiring actress) 'Kate', with Tim Downie and Mark Heap as the playwrights 'Kit Marlowe' and 'Robert Greene'. Please note that casting for the stage version is to be announced.

Upstart Crow in London at the Gielgud Theatre public previews from 7 February 2020, opens on 18 February 2020 and closes on 25 April 2020