Upstart Crow Apollo Theatre

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The Upstart Crow returns to the West End this Autumn for a limited 10-week run at the Apollo Theatre.

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 who ‘winningly reprises her role’ (Evening Standard) as the sweet and fragrant Kate.

Olivier Award winner Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster and The Miser) directs this hilarious stage adaptation of the hit BBC comedy Upstart Crow, written specifically for the stage by Ben Elton.

The Upstart Crow is booking until 3 December 2022 at the Apollo Theatre, London.

What's the story of The Upstart Crow?

‘Tis 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 Ends 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.

Who is in the cast of The Upstart Crow?

The Upstart Crow led by David Mitchell (Peep Show, Would I Lie To You?) as William Shakespeare and Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, Gentleman Jack) as Kate.

Who are the creative team of The Upstart Crow?

The Upstart Crow is written by Ben Elton and is directed by Sean Foley.


Reviews of The Upstart Crow

★★★★★ 'The most consistently funny comedy since One Man, Two Guvnors' - The Guardian
★★★★★ 'Has the audience cheering within the first ten minutes - this is a really, really fun night at the theatre' - Daily Mirror
★★★★ 'Shakespeare but actually funny' - Daily Mail
★★★★ 'A hit, a hit, a hit!' - The Independent
★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Running time
2 hours (including interval)
Performance dates
Booking to 3 December 2022
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

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Venue Information

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176
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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? Book The Upstart Crow tickets at the Apollo Theatre London
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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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