David Mitchell as William Shakespeare

Ben Elton comedy Upstart Crow to be staged in the West End

David Mitchell will make his West End debut in a new stage adaptation of BBC TV comedy Upstart Crow by Ben Elton.

Mitchell will don the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare with Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, Gentleman Jack) co-starring as the bards friend and house-keeper Kate.

Elton, who wrote the sitcom to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, has penned the show which is billed as an all-new comedy written especially for the stage.

Set in 1605, Shakespeare is in trouble following the grim reception of his plays Measure for Measure and All’s Well That Ends Well.

The bard must lift his game or risk facing the wrath of King James, but he is distracted from creating a brilliant new plot by family troubles, including Kate’s decision to “liberate” the Globe Theatre’s prize dancing bear from exploitation

The Peep Show and Would I Lie To You? star said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to bring history’s most famous balding dramatist to the West End via the amazing comic imagination of Ben Elton.” Mitchell added “Theatre-goers can look forward to a comedy steeped in authentic Shakespearean ambience in every way apart from the smell.”

The comedy is directed by Olivier Award winner Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster and The Miser) and will run for 11-weeks at the Gielgud Theatre in London from 7 February 2020.

Full casting and creatives to be announced.

Upstart Crow will run from 7 February 2020 until 25 April 2020 at the Gielgud Theatre, London.

Tickets for Upstart Crow will be available to book from 27 September 2019 – 12-noon GMT

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