A Hoot, a Palpable Hoot!

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The world premiere of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) opened April 23-24, 2016 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and critics and audiences agree: Long Lost Shakes “…is an absolute, resolute, hoot, of a bawdy comedy of errors!” Broadway World

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


Whether praising “the lickety-split pacing cheerfully impudent tone” (Washington Post) or the “rapid-fire scenes, slapstick, witty repartee” (DC Theatre Scene), the consensus seems to be, “Whatever you’re doing, stop now. Run – do not walk; run – to…the glorious ray of sunshine that is William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).” (DC Metro)

“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

RSC_165“A fast-moving – no make that dizzying – paced work of comic artistry. It is vaudeville for our times.” DC Metro

“Shakespeare as you’ve never imagined!” Washington Post

“An absolutely perfect Shakespeare tribute with something to please everyone, regardless of familiarity with the language.” DC Metro

“Very, very funny; fearless, quick witted… It’s the kind of tribute Shakespeare himself would have appreciated.” Broadway World

“A truly rowdy, whip-smart ride!” DC Metro

“Dueling-Fairy Fan Fiction!” American Theatre

“There is no need to brush up your Shakespeare to enjoy William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)!” DC Metro

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

“A non-stop crowd pleaser!” Metro Weekly

“Gloriously funny! Don’t miss it!” Ken Ludwig, author of Lend Me a Tenor and the book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare



Photos by Teresa Wood. Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library


austin · May 8, 2017 at 10:44 am

Thanks, Les! This is the perfect place to comment!

Les · May 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm

I cant find anywhere to sing the praises of this show on your website…so here will have to do!! We just totally LOVED the ‘First Play’ last night in Torquay UK and my only regret is that the theatre was not PACKED as it should have been guys! Select audience – and I feel privileged to have now seen you a second time with my lovely daughter who was just as impressed and we cried with laughter throughout (hump!)!! Please come back next time you tour UK – I promise we will be there – storms twins blind deathbeds whatever-; you’ll recognise us as the standing ovation! Thank you for a terrific evening’s entertainment!

austin · April 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm

Thank you, Judith. You and your kids rock!

Judith johnson · April 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm

We saw the show in Goole 22nd April and we were blown away! Fast paced, really funny, my 18 year old can’t wait to see more, my 15 year old who went with school to see Shakespeare couldn’t believe how funny it could be. I think she will remember more from your production than the serious stuff! Great show guys thanks x

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