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David Mitchell, Gemma Whelan and The Upstart Crow cast in rehearsals: photos

The comedy based on the hit sitcom is about to open in the West End

Gemma Whelan and David Mitchell
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Rehearsal images have been released for the stage premiere of The Upstart Crow, Ben Elton's comedy based on the hit sitcom about Shakespeare.

David Mitchell and Gemma Whelan in Upstart Crow
© Helen Maybanks

David Mitchell takes on the titular role and makes his stage debut in the show, opposite Gemma Whelan, Helen Monks, Rob Rouse, Steve Speirs, Mark Heap, Danielle Phillips, Jason Callender, Reice Weathers and Rachel Summers. This 11-week season is directed by Olivier Award-winning Sean Foley (The Ladykillers).

Kimisha Lewis and Reice Weathers
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David Mitchell in Upstart Crow
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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."

Mark Heap and David Mitchell
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Gemma Whelan and David Mitchell in Upstart Crow
© Helen Maybanks

Full creative team for The Upstart Crow is to be announced, with the show running from 7 February to 25 April.

Danielle Phillips and Helen Monks
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Helen Monks
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Rob Rouse and David Mitchell
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Steve Speirs and David Mitchell
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