Reduced Shakespeare Co.

Shakespear_Designs_6.inddReduced Shakespeare Company and Seabright Productions present

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)

By Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

Toured the UK 2017, played Edinburgh Fringe 2016 & 2017


Acclaimed stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, are back with another barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage – as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers. In a better-late-than-never nod to the Bard’s 400th anniversary, the bad boys of abridgement present this ‘new’ play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park!

The show, mercifully abridged by the RSC from its full hundred hour running time to a more palatable ninety minutes, embarks on its debut UK tour following world premiere seasons at the renowned Folger Shakespeare Library and the Edinburgh Fringe.

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“Hilarious! A romp of epic proportions… Bright, fun exciting and fast, only love for the Bard could produce this level of outrageous fun! Edinburgh Guide

“William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) equals, and in many ways exceeds, the genius of their previous material… Dynamic and side-splittingly funny… This should be up their on your list of must-see performances.” Broadway Baby UK

“A hoot! Consistently funny!” British Theatre Guide

“A top notch comic deconstruction of Shakespeare.” The Stage UK

“An absolute joy! In the end, it is not just a celebration of Shakespeare but of theatricality… Cheeky, hilarious… and consistently funny.” Across The Arts UK

“Inventive, imaginative, and engaging! Highly recommended.” Fringe Review UK

“A breathlessly irreverent and pun-filled romp.” Washington Post

“Whatever you’re doing, stop now. Run – do not walk; run – to Folger Theatre for the glorious ray of sunshine that is William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).” DC Metro

“Very, very funny; fearless, quick witted… Make no mistake, this is an absolute, resolute, hoot, of a bawdy comedy of errors… It’s the kind of tribute that Shakespeare himself would have appreciated.” Broadway World

“An evening of rapid-fire scenes, slapstick, witty repartee and a three-actor tour de force…. The Reduced Shakespeare Company has always been a hybrid of highbrow and low humor, and this show hits that sweet spot to appeal to all comers.” DC Theatre Scene

“Hilariously skewed look at the works of the Bard of Avon” Talkin Broadway

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