William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)

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The wonderfully inventive and wildly hilarious Reduced Shakespeare Company® returns to Folger Theatre in this eagerly anticipated world premiere. Discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England, an ancient manuscript proves to be the long-lost first play by none other than the young William Shakespeare. Using questionable scholarship & street-performer smarts, the trio of comic actors throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of physical finesse, witty wordplay, and plentiful (pitiful) punning. Written & directed by two of the world’s most famous Shakespearean comedians, Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin, stars of the PBS film The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Hailed by NPR as "wickedly funny...and wickedly smart."

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
100 minutes


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Austin, plus many others
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