David Mitchell in The Upstart Crow

The Upstart Crow announces full cast ahead of West End run

Producers of The Upstart Crow coming to the Apollo Theatre later this month, have announced the final cast.

The show will play a strictly limited 10-week season at the Apollo Theatre, from 23 September to 3 December 2022.

David Mitchell stars as Will Shakespeare in the show, alongside Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Kate, Helen Monks (Raised by Wolves/Inside No. 9) as Susanna and Rob Rouse (Grownups) as Bottom. 

New cast announced today are Olivier Award-winner John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory’s Girl, Traces) as Dr John Hall, Gloria Onitiri (Urban Myths, The Bodyguard) as Desiree, and Stewart Wright (Smack the Pony) as Burbage.

Reprising their stage roles are Jason Callender (Shadow and Bone, 4 O’Clock Club) as Arragon, Danielle Phillips (Masters of the Air, Evening Standard Future Award 2021) as Judith and Reice Weathers (Story of My Life, Ted Lasso) as Mr Whiskers.

The cast is completed by Andrew Hodges, Dedun Omole and Annabel Smith.

Based on Ben Elton’s hit BBC comedy, the play is written by Ben Elton and directed by Sean Foley, and originally opened at the Gielgud Theatre in February 2020 scooping an Olivier Award nomination.

Ben Elton said in a statement that: “Besides Will and Kate many of the other characters from the TV sitcom feature in this new play. Hilarious Helen Monks is back as Shakespeare’s grumpy daughter Susanna. Top comic Rob Rouse will once again have us laughing at his Bottom! Gotta say, the brilliant new actors who are joining Upstart Crow for the first time will have to really pull up their puffling pants if they don’t want to get upstaged!”

In the comedy, it’s 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 bollingbrokes by any measure, and All’s Well That End’s Well which didn’t even end well. Will desperately needs to maketh a brilliant new play to bolster his reputation and avoid being cast aside by King and country. But Will’s personal life is encountering more dramatic twists and turns than any theatrical story he can conjure. How the futtock can a Bard be expected to find a plot for a play whilst his daughters run amok and his house is used as refuge for any old waif and stray. 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, or will family woes thwart Will’s chances of producing his masterwork?

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📷 Main photo: David Mitchell in The Upstart Crow. Photo by Johan Persson

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