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The Upstart Crow – A New Comedy by Ben Elton

The Upstart Crow – A New Comedy by Ben Elton

Performed at the apollo Theatre between 23 Sep, 2022 and 03 Dec, 2022

‘A hit, a hit, an implausible hit!’ (Independent) Ben Elton’s five-star Olivier award-nominated stage production of the critically acclaimed and much adored BBC sitcom UPSTART CROW, returns to the West End stage.

Starring ‘the genius’ (Daily Mail) David Mitchell who will once more don the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare and Gemma Whelan ‘winningly reprises her role’ (Evening Standard) as the sweet and fragrant Kate.

Tis 1605 and England’s greatest playwright is in trouble. Will Shakespeare has produced just two plays and desperately needs to maketh a brilliant new show to bolster his reputation and avoid being cast aside by King and country. 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?

Strictly limited season, book now.

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David Mitchell
Gemma Whelan
A troupe of players


Ben EltonAuthor
Sean FoleyDirector
Alice PowerSet/Costume Design
Tim MitchellLighting Design
Andy GrahamSound Design