Peep Show actor and comedian David Mitchell makes his West End debut playing the part of William Shakespeare in Upstart Crow. Originally a BBC series penned by Blackadder writer Ben Elton in 2016, it brings lively Elizabethan comedy to the stage. Elton has adapted the sitcom to create a new story for the stage, with a characteristically droll take on British history. Olivier-winner Sean Foley directs.
The play does away with any deification to portray Shakespeare as a harangued husband from the Midlands who keeps on losing the plot. We meet the bard in 1605, two years into King James's reign and he's at risk of being beheaded if he doesn't raise his standards. All his fanfare as Blighty's best playwright is fading after two total turkeys, so Shakespeare needs to write something impressive, pronto.
Alas his creativity is stymied by squabbling daughters, the liberation of the Globe's dancing bear, and the arrival of a strange pair of cross-dressing twins.
'Theatre-goers can look forward to a comedy steeped in authentic Shakespearean ambience in every way apart from the smell,' David Mitchell promised when expressing his enthusiasm for donning a ruff to bring William Shakespeare to the West End.
|What||Upstart Crow, Gielgud Theatre|
|Where||Gielgud Theatre, 35 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
07 Feb 20 – 25 Apr 20, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book and for more information|