The hilarious script book - with new introduction and annotations - to accompany Ben Elton's Upstart Crow, the BBC historical sitcom which is now entering its third series and attracts over 1.5 million viewers per episode.
"This does indeed deserve comparisons with Blackadder" Radio Times
"A knockabout, well-researched take on the working and domestic life of Shakespeare." The Guardian
It’s the 1590s. William Shakespeare – brought to life on screen by the inimitable David Mitchell – is at the start of his career. But no one is taking him seriously. In London, he is mercilessly mocked by his rivals and at home in Stratford he is belittled by his sullen teenage daughter.
Yet he is determined to find an ending for his newest creation Romeo and Juliet. Luckily, inspiration is forthcoming. The trials and tribulations of his closest friends and family reveal the plot twists he’d been missing. And not only for this famous tragedy but for many of his finest plays.
With sparkling wordplay, hilarious gags and his trademark wit, Ben Elton celebrates the great William Shakespeare and reveals the startling stories behind the playwright’s best-known plays.
“A gag-packed riot”
“A knockabout, well-researched take on the working and domestic life of Shakespeare”
“Gloriously restores Elton's credentials as a reliable provider of quality sitcom”
“It's really, really funny”
“The guffaws come thick and fast”
“Packed with gags”
“This does indeed deserve comparisons with Blackadder ”
“A rollicking good comedy”