Cast confirmed for West End version of Upstart Crow

A number of actors from the TV version of Ben Elton’s Shakespeare comedy Upstart Crow have been confirmed to star in the forthcoming West End production of the show.

Helen Monks, Rob Rouse, Steve Speirs and Mark Heap will all be taking part in the West End version of the sitcom.

The first three will be reprising their roles from the BBC Two comedy as Susanna, Bottom and Burbage respectively.

Mark Heap, who TV viewers will know as Robert Greene, will play a new character, Dr John Hall.

David Mitchell is making his West End debut in the role of William Shakespeare, and he’ll be joined by TV co-star Gemma Whelan as Kate.

Writer Ben Elton said: “Besides Will and Kate many of the other characters from the TV sitcom feature in this new play and I’m delighted that they will all be played by the original actors.

“Steve Speirs returns as Burbage the actor, no doubt relishing the extra opportunity that live theatre offers for serious shouting and strutting. Hilarious Helen Monks is back as Shakespeare’s grumpy daughter Susanna. Top comic Rob Rouse will once again have us laughing at his Bottom and the show-stopping Mark Heap who played Robert Greene is returned in villainous guise.”

Also joining the cast are Danielle Phillips, Jason Callender and Rachel Summers .

Upstart Crow opens at the Gielgud Theatre on February 7.

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