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12/10/2017 - 15/10/2017 20:00

Discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England (next to a pile of bones that didn’t look that important), an ancient manuscript proves to be the long-lost first play written by none other than seventeen-year-old William Shakespeare from Stratford. We are totally not completely making this up.

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) is the literary holy grail: an actual manuscript in Shakespeare’s own hand showing all his most famous characters and familiar speeches in a brand-new story. But because it’s one hundred hours long and contains multiple unwieldy storylines, the RSC decides, as a public service, to abridge it down to a brief and palatable ninety minutes and perform the world premiere of this lost masterpiece.

  • “Gloriously funny! Don’t miss it!” Ken Ludwig, author of Lend Me a Tenor and the book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare
  • You haven’t seen the Complete Works until you’ve seen William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)!
  • “The lickety-split pacing [and] cheerfully impudent tone…it’s Shakespeare as you’ve never imagined!” Washington Post

In this strange-yet-familiar narrative, an ancient grudge pits Puck (from Midsummer) against Ariel (from The Tempest) and turns Shakespeare’s canon upside-down, creating such strange bedfellows as Hamlet and that master motivator Lady Macbeth, Viola and Richard III, King Lear and the Weird Sisters, and (of course) Romeo and Juliet. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, playwrights Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor weave together most of the famous speeches and plot devices of Shakespeare’s thirty-nine plays to create a fast, funny, and fictional fortieth, filled with witty wordplay and vaudevillian variety.

If you like Shakespeare you’ll like the show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)! 

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