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February 7 - April 25, 2020

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.

David Mitchell

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All the world's an audience

Forsooth! Direct thine eyeballs hither and rejoice in the knowledge of this all-new theatrical spectacular, starring comedian, actor, and panel show veteran David Mitchell in his West End debut. 

Reprising his role as the history's greatest playwright from the sitcom of the same name, Mitchell is joined by co-star Gemma Whelan in this new venture penned by Ben Elton. Speaking of the transition from screen to stage, he promised that "Theatre-goers can look forward to a comedy steeped in authentic Shakespearean ambience in every way apart from the smell." Lovely.

Delighting viewers on BBC 2 since 2016, Upstart Crow tells the story of The Bard as he sets out to become a successful playwright, amidst the chaos of family life, ambitious actresses and the commute from Stratford Upon Avon to London. For this iteration, the action moves to 1605 where old Will is tasked with creating a hit following the flops of his last two attempts, Measure for Measure and All's Well That Ends Well. Continuing with the show's irreverent look at Shaksepeare and the bawdy times he lived in, expect a ribald comedy that'll perfectly bust those winter blues!

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Previews from: 7 February 2020

Opening night: 18 February 2020

Run time

100 minutes plus interval

Cast and Creative


David Mitchell as William Shakespeare
Gemma Whelan as Kate
Helen Monks as Susanna
Rob Rouse as Bottom
Steve Speirs as Burbage
Mark Heap as Dr John Hall.


Written by Ben Elton

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