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We recently finished the extended run of our award-winning production of Ryan J-W Smith‘s Love Labours Won on Hollywood Theatre Row…

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Rogue Shakespeare® Global Festival 2016

Now we are delighted to announce the inaugural Rogue Shakespeare® Global Festival!

In 2016, world class theatre companies from around the globe will be producing productions of Smith’s celebrated verse plays. Three cities are already marked on the map, with productions planned in Los Angeles, CA (USA), Cardiff (UK) and Melbourne, VIC (Australia). Represent your city, state and country in 2016 – join us!

There will be Rogue Shakespeare® awards and prizes in various categories, and those with camera skills will have the opportunity to become part of a forthcoming feature documentary about Smith’s work. Hurrah! :)

Interested theatre companies should email us to discuss a potential production.

Smith’s verse plays

If you’re interested in being a part of our inaugural Rogue Shakespeare® Global Festival, the first question you’ll want to consider is which of Smith’s verse plays to produce? Each of them are critically acclaimed and each is designed in the traditional Elizabethan style to be performed in any open space, with very minimal sets. Here’s a little more info on each:


Romantic comedy with moral/political message

Acts: 2

Duration: Approx. 65 minutes

Actors: 7

Set: 2 benches (that seat 2 people each)


Tragicomedy – think Don Juan meets Hamlet

Acts: 5

Duration: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes

Actors: 13

Set: 2 thrones


Romantic comedy – a farcical Romeo and Juliet

Acts: 5

Duration: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes

Actors: 10

Set: Balcony required

Our most recent production was of Smith’s Love Labours Won – which is an excellent, award-winning representation of all of Smith’s verse plays. Here’s some more information on our previous productions of that play…

Ryan J-W Smith‘s


Winner of 2 Hollywood Fringe Awards!

Written, directed by and starring, Ryan J-W Smith, Love Labours Won not only won the Hollywood Fringe Festival’s highly coveted International Award…

“…a thrill hearing Smith’s verse, a reminder that the old forms still hold up under new hands. A good time, to be sure.”

Noah J Nelson

Critic, Turnstyle News

Ryan J-W Smith is a world-renown British poet, playwright, director, producer, actor and filmmaker. He has written 4 critically acclaimed plays in rhyming iambic verse, over 1329 (and counting) Shakespearean Sonnets, was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and is currently completing his debut feature documentary  ‘2plus2makes4‘ starring himself, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Ed Asner, Tony-nominated Daniel Sunjata, Professor Noam Chomsky and the late Emmy-nominated Gore Vidal. Smith’s previous films have received over 25 film festival selections, nominations and wins.

Carol Vandergrift as ‘Julia’ and Cameran Surles as ‘Katherine’

The 2015 cast of Love Labours Won

Ryan J-W Smith receiving The International Award
at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Awards Ceremony (photo: Matt Kamimura)

Love Labours Won also won…

We subsequently extended the U.S. premiere through August 6.

Love Labours Won is an original, comedic Shakespearean pastiche written entirely in Shakespearean-style rhyming iambic verse by acclaimed British playwright, Ryan J-W Smith. It is one of the most acclaimed plays ever to come out of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It was ‘Pick of the Fringe’  two years running; garnered multiple 4 and 5 star reviews, an Arts Council England award, and played to packed houses.

Ryan J-W Smith as ‘Duke Caesus’

L.A. City Council Member, Mitch O’Farrell (right) congratulates Ryan J-W Smith (left) on bringing Love Labours Won to Hollywood Theatre Row

Audience Reviews – Hollywood Fringe 2015

Special Thanks

Rogue Shakespeare® offers enormous thanks to Culver City Public Theatre for their kind and generous support of this production.

Reviews for the returning production of Love Labours Won at the  2007 Edinburgh Fringe



“I don’t make a practice of going to see a Fringe show two years running. Was it worth sacrificing one of my slots? It was.”

British Theatre Guide


“Smith – master of the iambic pentameter, cleverly matches Shakespeare at his own game”



“A corker of a production!

With the fiercely talent Smith at the helm, expect to hear loads about this company in the future.”

UK Theatre Network


“still excellent…Smith has done an astonishing job

Shakespeare would thoroughly approve of this company’s skill and vaulting ambition”

Broadway Baby


Smith is to my point of view far better than anything that came out of Stratford. It’s easy to see why is was so critically acclaimed last year.”


Fringe Promoter of the Year 2007 – Ryan J-W Smith

The Observer

Reviews from the world premiere of Love Labours Won at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe



“the best Shakespearean comedy not written by Shakespeare – this is unmissable!”

3 Weeks


“there are not many Fringe productions pulling the size of audience this is’”

British Theatre Guide


“Smith is one to watch”

Fringe Review

“The brilliant wit of Ryan J-W Smith”

Art'icle Magazine


“Go see it and watch great theatre in action.”

UK Theatre Network - Doug McFarlane


“This Shakespearean-style verse comedy is pacy and well performed”



“a mesmerizing work from a young writer whose career we should follow very closely”


“brilliantly pacy, well-balanced and intriguing… bravo Ryan!”

The Dewsbury Reporter

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