Upstart Crow

News: Forsooth Tis An Upstart Crow Christmas Special

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: a Lockdown Christmas 1603

Ben Elton’s Shakespearean comedy is back for a two-hander Christmas Special starring David Mitchell as the bard and Gemma Whelan as Kate.


Theatre Review: The Upstart Crow, Gielgud Theatre, W1

I was anxious about this stage version of TV sitcom Upstart Crow about the comedic travails of William Shakespeare. When I interviewed writer Ben Elton earlier this year he talked about tackling issues of gender fluidity and diversity I thought that this incarnation might take itself too seriously to be a full-on comedy. Not a bit of it.


News: Cast Announced For Stage Version Of Upstart Crow

Full casting for Ben Elton’s stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed BBC TV sitcom Upstart Crow - which opens at the Gielgud Theatre on 7 February 2020 and will see David Mitchell make his West End debut - has been announced. 


News: Stage Version Of Upstart Crow Announced

David Mitchell is to star in the West End next year in Ben Elton’s stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed BBC TV sitcom, Upstart Crow.  This all-new comedy - written especially for the stage - will see Mitchell once more don the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare. Tickets are available here


News: First Images Of Ken Branagh In Christmas Upstart Crow

The first images have been released of Sir Kenneth Branagh in this year’s Upstart Crow Christmas Special. Kenneth appears as the mysterious stranger in A Crow Christmas Carol


TV Review: Upstart Crow, Series Three, BBC2

David Mitchell returns as aspiring playwright/superstar William Shakespeare in Ben Elton's return-to-form sitcom. I say return-to-form with a couple pf caveats. Firstly, it's way, way better than his last BBC outing The Wright Way, but that was simply bloody awful. And secondly Upstart Crow does owe a huge debt to Elton's finest half hour (aided by Richard Curtis), Blackadder.


News: Ben Miller, Lily Cole and Kenneth Branagh Join Upstart Crow Crew

Lily Cole, Kenneth Branagh and others are set to appear in Upstart Crow, which has just started filming and will return later this year.
Branagh will play a mysterious stranger and Lily Cole will play Ephie in next year's Christmas special. Also appearing in the series are Adrian Edmondson (Bottom), Montserat Lombard (Inside No.


News: First Look At Emma Thompson In Upstart Crow Christmas Special

Here's a first look at the Christmas special edition of Upstart Crow featuring David Mitchell as William Shakespeare and Emma Thompson as Queen Elizabeth i.


News: Third Series for Upstart Crow

Ben Elton's sitcom Upstart Crow is to get a third series. 

The news was confirmed at the end of the final episode of the second series last night, which featured David Mitchell's aspiring bard writing Romeo and Juliet.

There will also be a Christmas special in which Emma Thompson is to play Queen Elizabeth I.


TV: Upstart Crow, Food Of Love, BBC2

This second series of Upstart Crow has felt a little under the radar. I'm not sure whether that is to do with the blink-and-you'll-miss-it 8.30pm scheduling or the fact that we are now not so pleasantly surprised by Ben Elton's Blackadder-ish turns of phrase as we were first time round. It's been good but it has not really blown me away.


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