William Shakespeare's Long Lost Play

From Reduced Shakespeare Company
Sonoma, California

That's right, the "Bad Boys of Abridgement" are back! Uproarious and rapid-fire, the Reduced Shakespeare Company makes sharp, short comedy in their latest sendup, spinning the Bard's 39 plays into a fast, funny and fictional 40th. So don your best ruff and be not afeared—haply these comics are wickedly weird. Pray, lend us your ears and two hours of your day, and come see WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED)!

"A breathlessly irreverent and pun-filled romp"The Washington Post "A top notch comic deconstruction of Shakespeare"The Stage "A truly rowdy, whip-smart ride" DC Metro Theater Arts



Performance Facts

Performance Facts

1 hour and 40 minutes including one intermission

Tickets start at $16.
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Heads Up: Parental Considerations

Heads Up:
Parental Considerations

Satirical mashup of Shakespeare's works. Includes bawdy jokes and silly scenarios. Fast-paced narrative may be challenging for kids under the recommended age.


Play Before the Play!

And after! Experience the art forms onstage in William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged) for yourself through New Victory Family Engagement programs, including online options. Connect on social media to digitally discover other cool artist info.

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Getting to Know Reduced Shakespeare Company

The secret behind the Reduced Shakespeare Company's success is all in the name: they reduce (in length, not in quality!) Shakespeare's greatest works into easily understood, short comedies. However, this three-man comedy troupe doesn’t just tackle Shakespeare—they've reduced everything from Charles Dickens to sports history, and dabbled in media from theater to television to radio podcasts. Though their abridgments of history's great comedies (and tragedies) are short, their list of accolades is long. They've been nominated for awards all over the world, including the Shorty Awards in New York City, the TEDx Delft Awards in Holland and the Olivier Awards in London.

Did You Know?

  • The performers set the Guinness World Record for Highest Theatrical Performance in 2014 when they performed at 37,000 feet on an EasyJet flight from London to Verona.
  • The moniker, "The Bad Boys of Abridgement,” was given to them by their incredibly enthusiastic, international fans.
  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company has performed at The New Victory before! We welcomed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised] in 2010 and The Complete World of Sports (abridged) in 2011.


All The Way From...

Sonoma, California
...Sonoma, California


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Attending the Performance

All New Victory venues are located on the north side of 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, and are wheelchair accessible.


The majority of this season's performances are presented at The New Victory, a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater. Make yourselves at home in our lobbies (redesigned Fall 2017!) and stow your stuff in free storage lockers.
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Located just west of The New Victory, the New 42nd Street Studios building is a state-of-the-art, 10-story rehearsal studio/office/theater complex. Productions that require a more intimate space play at The Duke on 42nd Street theater and in the Studios.
Seating varies in these flexible spaces.



All New Victory venues feature snacks and souvenirs for sale, and stroller parking and changing tables are available whenever age-appropriate. Lobby monitors at The New Victory show a live stream of the stage so that you won't miss out if you need to leave your seat.
Read more about all three venues here, including accessibility information.
Please do not bring backpacks or large bags to the theater. All bags are subject to inspection.

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Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


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