Reduced Shakespeare Company to bring the Bard’s ‘lost play’ to Hertford

PUBLISHED: 15:23 23 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:23 23 April 2017

Reduced Shakespeare Company

Reduced Shakespeare Company

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The hilarious Reduced Shakespeare Company return to Hertford next month with another slice of the Bard’s work crammed into 90 minutes.

The company will be performing at Hertford Theatre on Thursday, May 4 with William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor.

Acclaimed stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company are back with another barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly funny celebration of our cultural heritage – as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers.

In a better-late-than-never nod to Will’s 400th anniversary last year, the bad boys of abridgement present this “new” play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park.

All of the Bard’s greatest characters and plots feature in this single work of dramatic genius, that he later decided to turn into 37 separate plays – in a move that Hollywood studios would have admired, if they’d been around in the 16th century.

William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play [Abridged] by the Reduced Shakespeare Company  [Picture: Geraint Lewis] William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play [Abridged] by the Reduced Shakespeare Company [Picture: Geraint Lewis]

Presented by Seabright Productions, the play, mercifully abridged by the RSC from its full 100-hour running time to a more palatable 90 minutes, promises to be side-splittingly funny and a non-stop gag-fest.

A Hertford Theatre spokeswoman said: “We’re thrilled that The Reduced Shakespeare Company are returning to Hertford with their brilliant new production.

“They really are hilarious and manage to cover all of Shakespeare in just 90 minutes.”

Don’t believe it can be done? Book tickets and see for yourself.

William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play [Abridged] by the Reduced Shakespeare Company [Picture: Geraint Lewis] William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play [Abridged] by the Reduced Shakespeare Company [Picture: Geraint Lewis]

Tickets cost £18, or £16 for concessions, and can be booked now via www.hertfordtheatre.com or 01992 531500.

The show takes place on May 4 at 7.45pm.

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