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The Upstart Crow to return to West End with David Mitchell from September

David-Mitchell © JOHAN PERSSON
David-Mitchell © JOHAN PERSSON

The Upstart Crow is to return to the West End with David Mitchell .

Adapted from the hit BBC sitcom of the same name by Ben Elton, who wrote the TV series, will run at the Apollo Theatre from 23 September to 3 December 2022.

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Gemma Whelan will also return to the show with further casting to be revealed.

Directed by Olivier award-winner Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster and The Miser), the production has set & costume design by Alice Power, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound design by Andy Graham.

‘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?

David Mitchell said: “A whole pandemic later, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to continue my West End debut as history’s most famous balding dramatist and escape back to 1605 through the amazing comic imagination of Ben Elton. We aim to bring Shakespearean London back to life in every way apart from the smell.”

Gemma Whelan added: “I’m so delighted to be back on stage alongside David and working with Ben Elton again. Amongst the pure unadulterated silliness of 1605, we get to tackle real, modern day issues in a brilliant show full of twists, turns, surprises and a dancing animal!”

Ben Elton enthused: “The Bard is back! The theatres were closed due to plague in Shakespeare’s day just as they have been in our own, so I couldn’t be prouder and happier that The Upstart Crow is once more bringing the laughter to the West End.”

The Upstart Crow originally opened at Gielgud Theatre in February 2022 but was forced to close in March due to the pandemic.

For more information and tickets, visit nimaxtheatres.com


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