Photograph by Jeff Thomas
The Reduced Shakespeare Company® in
William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)
Written and Directed by Reed Martin and
Friday, April 21, 8:00 p.m.
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 17-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 is 100 hours long and contains multiple unwieldy storylines, the RSC decides, as a public service, to abridge it to a brief and palatable 90 minutes and perform this lost masterpiece.
In the spirit of Shakespeare himself, RSC shows contain some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo. All children (and parents) are different, so we’ve chosen to rate our shows PG-13: Pretty Good if You’re Thirteen.
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