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Shakespeare in Hollywood (Ludwig)

  • Ken Ludwig
  • Full Length Play, Comedy, 1930s
  • 8M, 4F
  • ISBN: 9780573633423

"Will charm your socks off."

Terry Teachout The Wall Street Journal

  • Full Length Play
  • Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18), Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: No Special Cautions

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Reader's Theatre, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! of the 2004 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play
It's 1934, and Shakespeare's most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, the two are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves. With a little help from a feisty flower, blonde bombshells, movie moguls, and arrogant "asses" are tossed into loopy love triangles, with raucous results.

The mischievous magic of moviedom sparkles in this hilarious comic romp.

REVIEWS:

Lights, camera, action - there's plenty of it in Ken Ludwig's fantastical farce … Ludwig has constructed an amazingly dense and layered romp [and] clearly had a ball fusing Shakespearean diction with the wisecracking verbal jousting that characterized pre-World War II comedies.

The Boston Globe

A fast, funny, entertaining night.' - NBC 4'Mischief, mayhem and laughter abound as the Good Theater tackles this farcical notion in Ken Ludwig's devilishly funny play Shakespeare in Hollywood.... There's never a dull moment in this fun-filled piece.

The Portland Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Wit Makes a Hit!

The Advocate,

Shakespeare in Hollywood is so deliciously inventive, you'd swear Ludwig and the Bard were in cahoots. At once poignant and funny, literary and farcical, sophisticated and silly, political and fanciful, high-brow and low-brow… a delight!

The Baltimore Sun

Shakespeare in Hollywood will charm your socks off. It left me smiling in my Amtrak aisle seat all the way home to New York.

The Wall Street Journal
Premiere Production:

Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare in Hollywood had its world premier in 2003 at Arena Stage and won the Helen Hayes award for Best New Play of the Year.

  • Casting: 8M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Local Celebrity Cameo, Ensemble cast, Minority casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Parts for Senior Actors, Cross gender casting, Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Color blind casting
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • OBERON
    PUCK
    JACK WARNER
    MAX REINHARDT
    WILL HAYS
    DARYL
    OLIVIA DARNELL
    LYDIA LANSING
    LOUELLA PARSONS
    DICK POWELL
    JIMMY CAGNEY
    JOE E. BROWN
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    Shakespeare in Hollywood (Ludwig) Script Order Now

    It's 1934, and Shakespeare's most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, the two are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves. With a little help from a feisty flower, blonde bombshells, movie moguls, and arrogant 'asses' are tossed into loopy love triangles, with raucous results. The mischievous magic of moviedom sparkles in this hilarious comic romp.

    $24.95