Upstart Crow

Will Shakespeare desperately needs to maketh a brilliant new play to bolster his reputation and avoid being cast aside by King and country ...
Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre

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Genre: Comedy
Venue: Gielgud Theatre
Starts: Friday 7 February 2020
Closes: Saturday 25 April 2020
Running time:2 hrs 00 mins (inc 20 min interval)
Age suitability: Under 16s must be accompanied by and sat next to accompanying adult

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'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.

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?

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Previews from:Friday 7 February 2020

Press night:Monday 17 February 2020

Closes:Saturday 25 April 2020

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm



Wednesday - 2-30pm

Saturday - 2-30pm



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David Mitchell - Will Shakespeare

Gemma Whelan - Kate

Helen Monks - Susanna

Rob Rouse - Bottom

Steve Speirs - Burbage

Mark Heap - Robert Greene

Danielle Phillips - Judith

Jason Callender - Arragon

Rachel Summers - Desiree


Author: Ben Elton
Director: Sean Foley

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