It’s the COMEDY of the Prince of Denmark!

Written & Directed by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor

“Hilarious! A love letter to one of Shakespeare’s most challenging and complicated plays.” Napa Valley Register (Read the entire review below!)

“Attains satirical heights for which most comedians wouldn’t think to reach.” Bob Mondello, National Public Radio

“They are smart, cheeky clowns!” The New York Times

Nothing is rotten in the state of Denmark as young Hamlet leaps into action to save the nunnery with Ophelia and Yorick the jester! What could possibly go wrong?

This hysterical prequel answers all the important questions, like:

  • Why can’t Ophelia take swim lessons?
  • Where the hell is Mrs. Polonius?
  • And why does Hamlet’s mother spend so much time at his uncle’s house?

What will young Hamlet grow up To Be? That is the question!

Hamlet’s Big Adventure! (a prequel) is the Comedy of the Prince of Denmark!

“One of the funniest troupes in American theatre today!” St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Hooray for the Reduced Shakespeare Company!” BBC

It’s a fast, funny, and physical extravaganza filled with scary ghosts, wee Scots, singing nuns, and a mysterious vassal in the castle! Martin and Tichenor (authors of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) and Pop-Up Shakespeare) take a deep dive into the greatest play ever written.

“Part satire…part knee-slapping, guffaw-inducing, completely silly romp!” Napa Valley Register (Read the entire review below!)

What if Tom Stoppard wrote Muppet Babies? Come see Hamlet’s Big Adventure! (a prequel) and find out!

CONTENT ADVISORY: In the spirit of Shakespeare’s comedies, RSC shows contain comic depictions of violence, mild innuendo, bawdy language, and the occasional rude word. All children (and parents) are different, so we’ve chosen to rate our shows PG-13: Pretty Good If You’re Thirteen.

Yorick (Chad Yarish), Hamlet (Reed Martin), and the King (Austin Tichenor) plan the prince of Denmark’s big adventure! (Photo by Julie McClelland.)

(Poster art by Lar DeSouza.)

Upcoming Tour Dates


Date City Venue
Sep 21 2022 Rolla, MO Leach Theatre at Missouri University of Science and Technology
Time: 12:00am. Buy Tickets
Sep 23 2022 Bloomington, IL Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Time: 12:00am. Buy Tickets
Sep 25 2022 Jasper, IN Jasper Arts Center
Time: 12:00am. Buy Tickets
Nov 09 2022 - Nov 10 2022 East Lansing, MI Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Time: 12:00am. Address: 750 E. Shaw LN. Venue phone: 517-353-1982. Buy Tickets