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The Upstart Crow
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23 Sep 2022 - 03 Dec 2022
2 hr 20 min inc interval
Suitable for 10+

Why Watch The Upstart Crow?

  • The critically acclaimed play The Upstart Crow makes its way to West End's Apollo Theatre, following its premiere at West End's Gielgud Theatre.
  • This adaptation of Ben Elton's smash hit BBC sitcom about Shakespeare is back for a limited 10-week season, featuring David Mitchell reprising his role as William Shakespeare.
  • Secure The Upstart Crow tickets as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment, as you discover whether Will will be able to hold onto the title of the greatest writer ever, or if his family woes thwart his chances.

About Show

Show Details

Age Suitability


The Upstart Crow makes its way to Apollo Theatre following a successful run at West End's Gielgud Theatre. This critically acclaimed sitcom is an adaptation of Ben Elton's BBC smash-hit sitcom about Shakespeare. This limited-run production features David Mitchell who reprises his role as William Shakespeare. Gemma Whelan has reprised her role from the TV show as aspiring actress Kate. Known for her role in Game of Thrones and the Crown, these two brilliant actors have been directed by Sean Foley. Secure The Upstart Crow tickets as this top-rated show is known to be the Best of British productions.

The Story

'Tis has been made extremely clear that Will has to maketh a brilliant new play, in order to bolster and preserve his reputation. This new play would keep him in the good books of his country and his King. But, his personal life seems to be coming in the way. With him encountering more dramatic twists and turns than any theatrical story can conjure, how the futtock is a Bard expected to find a plot for a play? His daughters are running amok and his house is being used as a refuge for any old waif or stray while his time is running out. Can Will hold onto his dream of being recognized all the time as the greatest writer that ever lived, or will his family woes thwart his ambition and capability of producing a masterpiece? Book The Upstart Crow tickets now to know more!

Show Timings

  • Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri: 7:30 PM
  • Wed and Sat: 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • There are no performances on Sunday

Cast & Crew

  • Leading Roles: David Mitchell as William Shakespeare, Gemma Whelan as Kate
  • Playwright: Ben Elton
  • Direction: Sean Foley

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

  • This show is recommended for ages 10+.
  • All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to the accompanying adult.
  • Please keep in mind that London theatres do not have an age classification organization. This means that all age recommendations are subjective. Please use your judgment while purchasing tickets for any show.

The Upstart Crow Tickets

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Booking Period: Booking is open till 03 Dec 2022

Tickets Redemption

  • Please note you will be contacted by the venue 48 hours before the performance with instructions on how to check in and retrieve your e-ticket.

Cancellation & Refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended, or rescheduled.

Apollo Theatre

The Apollo Theatre is a Grade II listed building, situated on Shaftesbury Avenue in central London in the City of Westminister. Designed by Lewin Sharp and named after the leader of the muses and the Greek god of arts, Apollo Theatre seats 775. This West End theatre opened in 1901, with the American musical comedy The Belle of Bohemia. The theatre has since then hosted some exceptional productions like Rain Man, Jerusalem, and the award-winning musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which was running from 2017 to 2021.

Seating Capacity: 666

Apollo Theatre Seating Plan will help you find the best seats in the theatre.

Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

Address: Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Tube: The nearest tube station is the Piccadilly Circus.

Bus: 12, 14, 19, 38, 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, and 453.

Available Facilities: In-house bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Comfort Cooling System, Cloakroom.

Accessibility: Apollo Theatre welcomes disabled guests and strives to make the show accessible for everyone.

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Apollo Theatre

Outside Food: Please note that outside food is strictly prohibited inside Apollo Theatre.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear are recommended. Keep in mind, most theatres are air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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What is the opening date for The Upstart Crow?

The Upstart Crow opened on 23 September 2022 at Apollo Theatre.

What age is The Upstart Crow appropriate for?

The Upstart Crow does not have a strict age limit. However, it is most suitable for children of 10 and above. All persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to the accompanying adult.

Where is The Upstart Crow playing in London?

The Upstart Crow is playing at Apollo Theatre in London and opened on 23 September 2022.

Do I need to purchase The Upstart Crow tickets for my child?

If your child is above the age of 5, you do need to purchase The Upstart Crow ticket for your child.

Are there discounted The Upstart Crow tickets available for kids?

Generally, children above 5 years are expected to pay full price for a London theatre ticket.

How long does The Upstart Crow run for?

The running time of The Upstart Crow is 2 hours and 20 minutes including the intermission(s).

What is The Upstart Crow about?

The Upstart Crow is a production based on the BBC sitcom, about Shakespeare. It follows Will's journey to producing a masterpiece play, while his personal life has several dramatic twists and turns, thwarting his ability to produce the finest play of all time.

Who are the main stars of The Upstart Crow?

The main stars of The Upstart Crow are David Mitchell as William Shakespeare and Gemma Whelan as Kate.

What is the dress code while attending The Upstart Crow?

There is no specific dress code at West End. However, it is prudent to dress in semi-formals or smart casuals and something comfortable. Carry a light sweater or a jacket as the theatre can get a bit chilly.

Is outside food allowed while attending The Upstart Crow?

No, outside food is not allowed while attending The Upstart Crow. Most theatres do have a cafeteria or bar inside the premises where you can get snacks and drinks.

What are the facilities available at Apollo Theatre?

Apollo Theatre has multiple facilities including an In-house bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Comfort Cooling System, and a Cloakroom during The Upstart Crow.

Can I take pictures or videos of The Upstart Crow inside the theatre?

Photography, videography, and sound recording are prohibited inside the theatre. Some theatres do have a souvenir shop from where you can purchase pictures of stills of the show.

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