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Upstart Crow is a British sitcom based on the life of William Shakespeare. Written by Ben Elton, it premiered on 9 May 2016 on BBC Two[1] as part of the commemorations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Its title quotes "an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers", a critique of Shakespeare by his rival Robert Greene in the latter's Groats-Worth of Wit.[2]

In September 2019, a stage play adaptation was announced for the Gielgud Theatre, City of Westminster, also written by Elton and with Mitchell and several others reprising their roles. The play opened on 7 February 2020 under the title The Upstart Crow: Elton commented that it was "an entirely original excursion, not a 'TV adaptation' ".[9][10] The play reopened in the West End at the Apollo Theatre for a ten-week season from 23 September until 3 December 2022, with Mitchell and Whelan reprising the roles of William Shakespeare and Kate.

During its first season, the Upstart Crow TV series cast also included: Harry Enfield, Paula Wilcox, Liza Tarbuck, Helen Monks, Gemma Whelan, Mark Heap, Steve Speirs, Tim Downie, Dominic Coleman, Spencer Jones, and Rob Rouse. BBC Two has commissioned Upstart Crow, series two, for six 30-minute episodes, plus a Christmas special; casting to be confirmed.

London is also where he has various encounters with friend Kit Marlowe (Tim Downie, Doctors), here a playwright whose works are all penned by Shakespeare; rival playwright Robert Greene (Mark Heap, Lark Rise to Candleford), the Oxbridge man who first labelled him an upstart crow (see Episode 3); and members of his theatrical troupe, including actors Henry Condell (Dominic Coleman, Trollied), Richard Burbage (Steve Speirs, Stella), and William Kempe (played by Spencer Jones of Big Babies as a parody of Ricky Gervais). 59ce067264


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