About the Show
Reduced Shakespeare Company presented by James Seabright and Gilded Balloon
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 hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage – as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers. In a better-late-than-never nod to the Bard’s 400th anniversary, the bad boys of abridgement present this ‘new’ play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park!
The show, mercifully abridged by the RSC from its full hundred hour running time to a more palatable sixty minutes, returns to the Edinburgh Fringe following an extensive UK tour.
★★★★Hilarious, outrageous fun! A romp of epic proportions.Edinburgh Guide
Something wickedly funny this way comes!National Public Radio
Reduced Shakespeare Company shows are non-stop gag-fests and Long Lost is no different!Sonoma Gazette
If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!The Today Show
Writer & Director
Writer & Director
Costume and Props Supervisor
Company Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Reduced Shakespeare Company
William Shakespeare, often called the English national poet, is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time.
His extensive works consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on 23rd April 1564 to a successful local businessman and the daughter of a landowner. In 1582, at only 18, Shakespeare married a woman named Anne Hathaway with whom he had three children – Susanna, Hamnet and Juliet.
During the 1590s he wrote the majority of his sonnets. This was a time of prolific writing and his plays developed a good deal of interest and controversy. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories.
By the early 17th Century, Shakespeare had begun to write plays in the genre of tragedy. Such plays in this genre include the infamous Hamlet, Othello and King Lear. These later plays are considered Shakespeare’s finest achievements.
In the 20th and 21st Centuries, his works have been repeatedly adapted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular, and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse contexts throughout the world.
REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
The Reduced Shakespeare Company has created ten world-renowned stage shows, two television specials, several failed television pilots, a number of books, and numerous radio pieces, all of which have been seen, performed, and heard the world over. The company has performed at the White House, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s West End, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Off-Broadway, on NPR and the BBC, and in Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival, as well as countless venues around the world. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) ran for nine years at the Criterion Theatre in Picadilly Circus as London’s longest-running comedies.
The “Bad Boys of Abridgement” have also applied their fast, funny and physical approach to World History in Western Civilisation: The Complete Musical (abridged); Comedy in The Complete history of Comedy (abridged); Athletics in The Complete World of Sports (abridged), which played in London during the 2012 Olympics; Literature in All the Great Books (abridged); the Movies in Completely Hollywood (abridged); and Winter Holidays in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged).
RSC scripts are published in the US and UK, and translated into over a dozen languages. And the RSC podcast, a free 20-minute audio glimpse of life backstage and on the road, is available every week at iTunes and at www.reducedshakespeare.com where you can learn even more about RSC, and you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Seabright is an Olivier Award winning theatrical producer and general manager. Following graduation from Magdalene College, Cambridge in 2001, he was awarded the Stage One producer bursary in 2002. Currently, he is on the board of the League of Independent Producers, chairs the board of the King’s Head Theatre, sits on the bursary panel of Stage One, is an associate of Wilton’s Music Hall and a member of the Society of London Theatre.
Current productions include Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Lyric), Trainspotting and Fucking Men (King’s Head productions at The Vaults), A Christmas Carol (Fitzrovia Radio Hour at The Vaults), Potted Panto (Garrick) and Potted Potter (world tour) both created by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Superbolt Theatre’s Dinosaur Park – The Jurassic Parody (St James, Wilton’s Music Hall and UK tour), Apphia Campbell’s solo show inspired by Nina Simone Black Is The Color Of My Voice (Wilton’s Music Hall and UK tour), Adam Kay’s shows The Remains Of Tom Lehrer and Fingering A Minor On The Piano (Edinburgh Fringe and UK tour) and last but not least, two Bard-inspired productions: Shakespeare Untold (world tour with Shakespeare’s Globe) and William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) on UK tour with the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
Previous productions include: Our Boys by Jonathan Lewis (Duchess Theatre), The Lion by Benjamin Scheuer (St James), The Only Way Is Downton by Luke Kempner (Trafalgar Studios and UK/American tours), Eric and Little Ern (Vaudeville Theatre & UK tour), Potted Sherlock and Potted Pirates (with Dan and Jeff) Bill Hicks: Slight Return by Chas Early and Richard Hurst, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Oliver Reed: Wild Thing by Rob Crouch and Mike Davis, and solo shows starring David Benson, Simon Callow, Natalie Haynes, Chris Larner, Linda Marlowe, Phil Nichol, Jan Ravens, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Sam Wills and Sarah-Louise Young.
James speaks regularly on producing to student audiences, including at RADA, the National Film and Television School, TRH Masterclass and TheatreCraft. His book, So You Want to Be a Theatre Producer? was published in 2010 by Nick Hern, and a revised edition was released this year.
Assistant Stage Manager
Jessica graduated from Northbrook College Sussex in 2008, and has since worked as stage crew, venue manager and dresser, as well as in various stage management roles.
Recent productions Jessica has stage managed include Romeo and Juliet National Youth Theatre of Wales, The Odyssey, Girls Like That and His Dark Materials for Nuffield Youth Theatre, All the Little Lights for Fifth Word and Archipelago for Lighthouse Poole Centre for the Arts.
Co-Writer/RSC Managing Partner
Reed Martin is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley, University of California at San Diego, The Bill Kinnamon School of Professional Baseball Umpire Training, and Clown College. He has performed in 46 states and 11 foreign countries, including New Jersey. Prior to joining the RSC in 1989, he was a clown with Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus where he spent two years frightening children and smelling of elephants. He lives in Northern California with his wife and two sons, all three of whom are much funnier than he is. Reed feels strongly that toilet paper should be fed over the top of the roll.
Austin Tichenor is a fifth-generation Californian born on the 54th anniversary of the San Francisco Earthquake and the 185th anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride, which makes him older than he looks but short for his weight. Best known as co-creator of the nine “Complete (abridged)” comedies he’s performed around the world for the Reduced Shakespeare Company, he’s also played Guys in Ties on The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, The X-Files, 24, Alias, Felicity, Ally McBeal, ER, and on many other hours of episodic television; and is the co-author of Pop-Up Shakespeare, published by Walker Books in September 2017, the irreverent reference book Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired (abridged), and the comic memoir How The Bible Changed Our Lives (Mostly For The Better) for all e-book platforms. Austin produces and hosts the weekly Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast, which was named one of Broadway World’s Top Ten Podcasts for Theatre Fans. Follow him on Twitter @austintichenor.
This year is Denis’ 40th working in costume departments in film, television, theatre, opera, ballet, pants, music tours, adverts and children’s shows throughout the world.
In films, Denis started costuming the original Mad Max films and also the latest. Other films have included Batman, Wall St, Angels and Demons, Ragtime Ghost Story and over 30 others. Theatre has taken him to Reps in Swansea, Harrogate, Oldham and he has designed and toured plays from Star Quality to Dry Rot. Working in television, Denis has travelled from the BBC in London to USA and Australia, working on Sunset Beach to Dallas and many more.
His work in opera started with Scottish Opera, and since then he has worked with The Royal, Frankfurt, Australian, Santa Fe and Boston opera companies. The last two years have seen him as Wardrobe and Wig master in sole charge of 4 operas, 200 plus costumes and 20 casts, returning next year for 4 more with the national Gilbert and Sullivan Company. Denis’ ballet work includes times with National Ballet, London City, Frankfurt, Boston, Australia and many more.
Denis has worked on a range of adverts from music videos, to Chanel and Givenchy and on tours with Tina Turner, Cher, Dolly Parton and Taylor Swift, among others. In panto he has dressed many house-hold names including Shane Ritchie, Nigel Havers, Lisa Goddard and Bernie Clifton. Other stars he has worked with include Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, James Cagney, Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Michael Douglas to name but a few. His work for children’s productions has taken him to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman with Barney, Smurfs, Teletubbies and Miss Kitty.
Last year Denis costumed Baywatch in Savannah and Miami with Dwayne Johnson, his fourth film with him, toured wit the National Gilbert and Sullivan Company, worked on fashion shows, Gadney’s Circus and panto again.
Sarah Quinney graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2001 having trained in theatre. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Hippodrome, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Northern Stage amongst others, in addition to assisting several top lighting designers throughout the UK. Her own lighting designs include Mary Seacole for Gye Nyame, Emergence-See for Assembly Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Tea Without Mother for the National Student Drama Festival (Bilbao and Brno), and City of Sonnets and A Place Called Milan for Northern Stage, Silence of Snow (Midnight Bell Productions), and Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope (Seabright Productions)
Sarah has worked many seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, predominantly as a Technical Stage Manager, but also was Deputy Stage Manager for Steven Berkoff’s Oedipus in 2011. In 2012 she was the lighting designer and Company Stage Manager on the international tour of Miriam Margolyes’ Dickens’ Women, travelling to the US and Canada.
She has worked extensively as a freelance lighting technician and designer, and has re-lit a number of shows, including George Orwell’s Animal Farm for Northern Stage on tour in Romania, and Shaking Cecelia for NSDF in Amsterdam and Brussels. She has toured with Scamp Theatre’s productions of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful and Stick Man, based on the book by Julia Donaldson, which included a residency at Sydney Opera House. Most recently Sarah was the Stage Manager for In The Heights and The Railway Children, both at King’s Cross Theatre.
Joseph is a Derby born and bred, Birmingham School of Acting trained, basketball playing gym fanatic. He is joining the RSC directly from touring the USA and Canada, performing a two man Harry Potter comedy parody show called ‘Potted Potter’. He plays every single character except Harry. You should see his Hermione. @PottedPotter
Previous to wearing too many wigs he was trotting round the UK and the Channel Islands on various shows with Oddsocks Theatre Company, performing outdoor musical Shakespeare with his choosen instrument the keytar. @oddsockstweets
Joseph is also a regular narrator for Hawk and Cleaver, a digital story studio bringing you the best new stories for you to watch, read, sniff, and absorb. @hawkandcleaver.
He remains an Aries. He dedicates his performance to his friends and family who continually support him in following his dreams. Don’t be a stranger and say hello.
This is Matthew’s third tour with the Reduced Shakespeare Company, having previously performed in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged). Other theatre work includes: Grand Guignol (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Southwark Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors (Propeller); Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre and West End); Theatre Uncut (Southwark Playhouse); The 39 Steps (West End).
TV includes Doctors (BBC) and Tina & Bobby (ITV).
James was born and raised in Doncaster, England. Following a Law Degree at The University of Liverpool, he trained classically at Birmingham School of Acting. Since then, James has worked internationally as an actor and comedian.
Recently, James appeared in the World Tour of the two-man, Olivier Award nominated, West End comedy Potted Potter, which included seasons in New York, Chicago and LA as well as tours of Australia, Asia, Canada and the USA.
In 2010, James became the youngest actor to ever play the role of Wilbur Turnblad, in Hairspray: The Broadway Musical (USA), a role he reprised in 2011. His theatre credits also include: Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar (UK Tour), Beast in Beauty & The Beast: The Musical (Qatar), The Importance Of Being Earnest (Derby), Ladies in Retirement, Carmilla, Design For Murder (UK Rep Tours), Alice in Wonderland: The Musical (Qatar), Snow White (Doncaster), Sleeping Beauty (Wimborne), Edward VIII (National Trust), St. Trinian’s: The Musical (London), The Memory Of Water (Birmingham) and Iago in Othello (Birmingham).
James also appeared in the American comedy improv show, Throw Me A Line and was the resident comedian on the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of The Seas.
www.jamespercyonline.com – Follow James on Twitter and Instagram – @james_percy