The Crown – Live!

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Debut US tour October / November 2022 now complete – further worldwide dates to be announced

The Crown Live - A Parody by Daniel Clarkson

Premiered at King’s Head Theatre, London in 2019 under original title The Crown Dual. Touring internationally from 2022 under new title The Crown – Live!

Edinburgh Fringe 2019 archive – here, Gilded Balloon 31 July – 26 Aug / London Autumn 2019 archive – here, Wilton’s Music Hall 3-14 Sept

  • “This happy and glorious parody of the Netflix series reminds us what theatre is all about”
    ★★★★ Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph (full review)
  • “Inventive, fun parody skilfully combining play-that-goes-wrong antics with a potted history of the royals”
    Mark Lawson, The Guardian (full review)
  • “Rib-achingly hilarious parody of the Netflix classic. This is a show for everyone. It is, quite simply, a royally good night out.”
    ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly (full review)
  • “One simply does not hear this level of laughter in a theatre very often – and, for that gift, I bow my head to everyone involved in this Crown inspired caper.”
    ★★★★ Broadway World (full review)
  • ★★★★ ‘A masterclass in comic timing’ London Pub Theatres
  • ★★★★ ‘A rip roaring silly comedy’ RemoteGoat
  • ★★★★ ‘A rib tickling way to start a night out’ ReviewsGate
  • ★★★★ ‘An entertaining and diverting night out’ ActDrop
  • ★★★★ ‘Anarchic fun played with imagination and energy from the two performers’ The Upcoming
  • ★★★★ ‘The show should be praised for its comedy value from the start’ The Spy In The Stalls
  • ★★★★ ‘A riotous romp’ Islington Gazette


Two actors reimagine the story of how Elizabeth Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II (and recreate two resplendent Netflix series) in 70 minutes of frenetic hat-passing, period accents and corgi impressions. A perfect winter warmer for both fans of the show keenly waiting for the third series – and for those wondering what all the fuss is about! This new comedy comes from the pen of parodic mastermind Daniel Clarkson, co-creator of Olivier Award nominated hit shows Potted Potter and Potted Panto, and is directed by Owen Lewis, also an Olivier Award nominee for Morecambe and Wise homage Eric and Little Ern.

Having been cruelly overlooked for her dream role as Queen Elizabeth in blockbuster series The Crown, budding starlet Beth brings her own take on the epic story of the Royal Family to the stage instead… with her agent Stanley coerced into playing (almost) all the other roles – from Prince Philip to Princess Margaret, and all the commoners in between.

The Crown Dual is performed by Rosie Holt and Brendan Murphy. Rosie is a rising star of the comedy scene, having appeared in two acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe shows last summer. Brendan regularly appears in Potted Potter, is one half of cabaret duo The Crooners, and starred as Token Guy in King Kong (A Comedy), also written by Dan Clarkson and directed by Owen Lewis.

Written by Daniel Clarkson
Original Direction by Owen Lewis
Starring Rosie Holt and Brendan Murphy (2019) / Alix Dunmore and Brendan Murphy (2022)
Designed by Lee Newby
Lighting by Robbie Butler
Sound by James Nicholson
Produced by James Seabright

Photography by Geraint Lewis
Graphic design by Rebecca Pitt


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