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Rogue Shakespeare®

Returns to the Hollywood Fringe Festival with the world and US premieres of two original verse plays from award-winning British playwright, Ryan J-W Smith

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Tickets now on sale! Book early to catch MacDeth! at The Cockpit theatre in Westminster, London.


MacBeth gone wrong. A 65 minute farcical comedy in rhyming iambic verse, playing August 15-18 at The Cockpit in Westminster, London.

The Cockpit is a beautiful 220 seat theatre in the heart of London.

Show dates and times:

August 15 @ 7pm

August 16 @ 7pm

August 18 @ 7pm

Recent News and Reviews from the 2016 Hollywood Fringe:

MacDeth! is one of TIME OUT’s top ten things to see at the Hollywood Fringe:

Enci Box, Bitter Lemons Publisher loves MacDeth!

“MACDETH! is outrageous, clever, political, disgusting, hilarious! This show is a must see! It’s brilliant… Loved it!”

Bitter Lemons

Broadway World announces Rogue Shakespeare’s return:

“The reinventions keep coming… from the iconoclastic British writer and poet, Ryan J-W Smith”

Cultural Weekly

MacDeth! is Blog Critics Editor Picks!

We are LA West Media’s Number 1 Fringe Favorite!


Rogue Shakespeare® has been producing the critically-acclaimed verse of Ryan J-W Smith since 2001.

In reverse order, here are the highlights of our production history.



Winner of 2 Hollywood Fringe Awards!

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

“…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

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

Written, directed by and starring, Ryan J-W Smith, Love Labours Won won the Hollywood Fringe Festival’s highly coveted International Award, as well as an Encore! Producers’ Award.

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“an original, comedic Shakespearean pastiche written entirely in rhyming iambic verse by acclaimed British playwright, Ryan J-W Smith. Love Labours Won is one of the most acclaimed plays ever to come out of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”

Broadway World

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.


In 2010, Rogue Shakespeare and Smith moved into film production producing 4 festival-winning short films that year. In 2012,  Smith wrote, directed, produced and starred in his 5th short film, The Poet Cursed, which was premiered in the short film corner at the 65th Cannes Film Festival and selected for 7 other international film festivals.

Written and directed by Ryan J-W Smith. Starring Ryan J-W Smith and Suzy Bastone.

Film Festivals

Highlights of Smith’s growing accolades as a filmmaker


Sometimes you have to risk everything. In 2008, Smith and Rogue Shakespeare took a massive gamble by returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with something very different from his highly successful comedy, Love Labours Won. Smith’s fourth verse play, New World Order, is a darkly political a one-man show.

Smith’s gamble paid off, and he was rewarded with unanimous praise as a writer, director, producer and actor.

New World Order received nothing but 4 and 5-star reviews and Smith was nominated for The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.


“One piece that is really essential to see is Ryan J-W Smith’s New World Order

Edinburgh Guide


“Performed immaculately…it should be missed by no one”

Fringe Review


“sharply scripted in verse… 

Smith’s honest, gritty delivery”

British Theatre Guide


“one man epic…Smith gives an extremely powerful performance”



“Smith has written an incredible play here…

a compelling, challenging piece of theatre”

3 Weeks


“Fringe acclaimed over the last two years, Smith returns with a much more bitter pill…

stunning and convincingly delivered”

List Magazine

Australia 2008

Rogue Shakespeare and Smith were invited to bring New World Order to the Brisbane Writers Festival in Australia late 2008. Smith performed New World Order in the prestigious Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts – in the audience sat dignitaries including the mayor of Brisbane. Amy Bradney-George, writer for the Sydney Morning Herald was also in the audience, and gave the show a stunning review.

The Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

“Few performances I’ve seen have been as gripping, touching and perceptive as New World Order

Transitions between the three characters are so smooth it’s easy to forget there is only one person on stage. Adept use of physicality and vocal nuances mark each character and compliment the depth of the text. Suspending disbelief is an almost unconscious act from start to finish.

Amy Bradney-George


If we thought 2006 was good, 2007 was just crazy good. Rogue Shakespeare was invited by the Gilded Balloon to bring Smith’s, Love Labours Won, back to the massive Debating Hall for a second year. Smith gave up the stage to an all-female cast this year. The crowds were even bigger – as were the codpieces; the reviewers were delighted, the show was selected for ‘Pick of the Fringe’ for a second year straight and Ryan was awarded Best Fringe Promoter by the Observer – a national UK newspaper.


“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


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


From left to right, Jade Allen as Duke Caesus, Emma Canalese as Annabelle and Victoria Porter as Edmund performing Smith’s Love Labours Won, 2007.



“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


“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 - UK National Newspaper


Rogue Shakespeare started making serious waves in the world of theatre when we produced the world premiere of Smith’s third verse play, Love Labours Won, in the massive Debating Hall at the famous Gilded Balloon venue. Huge crowds came; reviewers adorned the show with 4 and 5-star reviews, and the show was selected for ‘Pick of the Fringe’.


The original cast of Smith’s Love Labours Won in 2006.


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

3 Weeks


“Smith is one to watch”

Fringe Review


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

British Theatre Guide


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



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


“The brilliant wit of Ryan J-W Smith”

Art'icle Magazine


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

UK Theatre Network

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

The Dewsbury Reporter


In 2005, Ryan received more funding from Arts Council England, this time to write his third verse play, Love Labours Won. Loves Labours Won would subsequently turn out to be one of the best-selling theatre shows the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has ever seen…


In 2003, things got a little more serious when we received funding from Arts Council England to produce Smith’s, Sweet Love Adieu in the ruins of Yorkshire’s famous Whitby Abbey. Once again the local new teams arrived, including a BBC News crew, and we received more glowing reviews. Our resident writer/director/producer was also asked to do an unprecedented amount of BBC radio interviews – one sample of which you’ll find below.

“Takes one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies and turns it into an hilarious comedy

British Theatre Guide

“Methinks it’s a treat!”

Whitby Gazette

Interview with Ryan J-W Smith on BBC Radio Leeds (2003)

Ryan J-W Smith (left) and Nick Haverson (right) as Ridley and Latimer in Smith’s Sweet Love Adieu (2003).


It all began when we produced the world premiere of Smith’s first verse play, Sweet Love Adieu. The out-door production took place in the Roman Amphitheatre in St. Albans, England, in the summer of 2001. Unexpectedly, hundreds of audience members turned up as word got around that there was a new bard in town – and that he was rather good! The local new teams showed up and we received our first glowing review from a professional theatre critic. Happy days.

“There IS culture…highly accomplished

this play’s a comic delight!”

St. Albans Observer

Interview with Ryan J-W Smith on BBC 3 Counties Radio (2001)

Ryan J-W Smith playing the leading male role of ‘William’ in the world premiere of his Sweet Love Adieu

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