Upstart Crow Lockdown Review: You’d have to swallow bittersweet pills of only two of Ben Elton’s great ensembles which gave us so much comfort and joyous quick-fire delivery of wordsmithery over three series (and on the London stage, as it was for yourselves). You’d have to swallow it from only two excellent ensemble pills!
If you’ve enjoyed every episode of Ben Elton’s Shakespeare and Co comedy, you’re going to know what to expect – but you’re going to have to swallow bittersweet pills from only two of the great cast that’s brought us such warmth and a cheerful, quick-fire Wordsmith delivery over three seasons (and on the London stage, as it was before mid-March).
Anyone unfamiliar with the format must also watch the previous Christmas special on the BBC iPlayer, where Will writes Anne’s sonnet lines and works on the Eighth Night for Burbage, Condell, and Kemp(e) to present to the Queen: a far more fleshy entertainment, full of loopy doodad twists.
There’s a degree of flatness here. James is now on the throne, promising a union between England and Scotland that would have been successful for 400 years. Shakespeare’s senior is in the grave – his mother twisted an ankle dancing on his grave – so don’t foresee Harry Enfield any more in the future, except by flashback.
Bubonidiots are misbehavior, food is being hoarded, and all the theaters are shut down, as was the case in the previous plague year of 1593, which resulted in an accident.