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Upstart Crow comes to the West End

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A stage adaptation of the hit TV sitcom about Shakespeare, Upstart Crow, is coming to the West End – to the Gielgud Theatre where it will run from February 7 to April 25, 2020.

Adapted by Ben Elton and directed by Sean Foley, Upstart Crow will star David Mitchell, making his West End debut, alongside Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones).

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 Ends Well which didn’t even end well. Will desperately needs to write 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 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?

Les Misérables -The Staged Concert continues at the Gielgud Theatre until November 30, 2019. It will be followed Рfrom December 10, 2019 to February 1, 2020 Рby Girl from the North Country.