The Crown Jewels in West End to star Al Murray, Mel Giedroyc, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Neil Morrissey & Joe Thomas

New comedy The Crown Jewels is to run in the West End with an all star cast.

Based on a true story of one of British history’s most audacious heist attempts, the premiere production will open in London at the Garrick Theatre from 7 July – 16 September 2023. Tickets are on sale now here.

Featuring on the cast are Al Murray, Mel Giedroyc, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Aidan McArdle, Neil Morrissey, Joe Thomas and Tanvi Virmani.

Joining them are Adonis Siddique, Dedun Omole, Ryan Lane, Kieran Brown and Emma Bown.

The play is written by Simon Nye (The Durrells, Men Behaving Badly) and directed by Sean Foley (Upstart Crow, The Ladykillers).

The Crown Jewels is a riotous new comedy based on the most unbelievable royal caper in British history. Charismatic and unpredictable Colonel Blood is planning the greatest heist of all time: stealing the Crown Jewels in plain sight.

With a gang of misfits by his side, what could possibly go wrong? But Charles II can’t afford a royal scandal, and no King likes people handling their Crown Jewels…

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The creative team also features set and costume design by Michael Taylor, lighting design by Natasha Chivers and sound design by Andy Graham.

Writer Simon Nye said: “I hope audiences will be as titillated and thrilled as I am at the prospect of a riotous comedy-drama about a crown jewels heist that really happened. True crime comes to the West End, 350 years after the event. The cast is an amazing array of comedy talent, and the subject matter absurdly topical. Satire, sword-fighting, love, violence, an examination of the monarchy and Anglo-Irish relations – could you ask for anything more?”

Director Sean Foley continued: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to direct Simon Nye’s hilarious new play. An entirely modern take on the Restoration Comedy, it transports us to a completely different time – a time when England had a new king…whose name was Charles. I’m excited to be working with our brilliant cast, and we all hope to thoroughly entertain audiences in one of my favourite theatres – the Garrick – over this Coronation summer.”

Following its West End premiere, The Crown Jewels will tour to The Lowry, Salford (Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 September), Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (Monday 25 – Saturday 30 September) and the New Theatre, Cardiff (Monday 2 – Saturday 7 October 2023). Further casting for tour dates is to be announced.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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