Reduced Shakespeare Company Returns with a Long Lost Play

By: Amanda Narcisi


The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to Pittsburgh Public Theater From May 31st to July 1st. They will be performing William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).


According to the history of Reduced Shakespeare Company, the Long Lost Play was found by RSC in a parking lot written by a young 17-year-old William in Leicester, England. In it was the basis for all of William’s plays, however, it was full of errors…comedic at best. In the manuscript Puck gets into a grudge match with Ariel. Juliet was courted by Dromio and King Lear was the daddy of the Weird Sisters. The villain was a guy named Malvol-lago. Lady Macbeth coached Hamlet and Caliban was replaced by the Taliban. All this will be portrayed on stage by the three actors and will include a ton of costume changes, wigs, a puppet and a kazoo. 

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) opens on May 31st and plays through July 1st at various times. Tuesdays show at 7 pm; Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm (except Wed. June 13); Saturdays at 2 pm (except June 2 & 9) plus 2 pm on Thurs. June 28; Sundays at 2 & 7 pm (except July 1 when the final performance is at 2 pm).


Ticket prices start at $25. Tickets for students & age 26 & younger: $15.75. Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or Ticket prices are subject to change. For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to, or visit the O’Reilly Theater Box Office.