The Lost Musical Works of Willy Shakes

Comedy (musical theatre, cabaret)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Front Room
  • 22:40
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: The Lost Works
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


It's 1616. Shakespeare and his Fair Youth – bent on being remembered through the annals of history – have set about spicing up his plays with one missing ingredient: showstopping musical numbers. Creators Guy Hughes and Joe Leather bring a wealth of Bardy experience, including The RSC, The Globe, and of course The Best of George Michael. Straight outta Stratford with a noughties pop twist, join The Bard for busting tunes, scandalous backstories and hot Tudor gossip. Think Flight of the Conchords with an Elizabethan makeover: two bawdy bros in doublet and hose.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Venue is built on astroturf. Access via side entrance. Front of house will guide to separate entry.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Rebecca Moessmer 22 days ago

I saw 24 different shows (29 in total) and this was one of the five I saw twice, because it was so fantastic! I was laughing throughout the whole show, it was one of the funniest things I'd ever had the pleasure to witness. I'm a big fan of Shakespeare, the show Upstart Crow, and musicals in general, so this felt like the best of all worlds. Both actors – of Willy Shakes and the Fair Youth (and the several others roles they played in each musical number) – were incredible, two very charming guys and talented singers, and I loved their whole delightful dynamic together.
The songs were extremely catchy, hilarious, and diverse in genres, and I enjoyed all the references to pop culture, other musicians and musicals and of course all the joy and fun that comes from knowing and understanding the Shakespeare plays and characters. The Lost Musical Works of Willy Shakes was a big highlight of the Fringe 2019 for me, and if/when these two will ever return in the future (no matter if with this show or another) I'll definitely come to see them again!

Elin 25 days ago

Shame this show is on so late but if your till out at this time worth getting a ticket for.
Great performances with a grand finale!

Patti 26 days ago

Two incredibly energetic and talented performers took us on an hour-long Shakespearian romp. It was truly delightful. They made excellent use of the tiny space they were in, were playful and charming with the audience, and payed homage to musical theater. Highly recommended show!

Charl Van Wyk 30 days ago

Major talents and certain stars of the future. Much ado about something.

This is the funniest cleverest and wittiest show I have seen in a long time.

Some knowledge of the works of Shakespeare is helpful but not essential. The two performers sing dance and act faultlessly.

They are funny funny funny. This is a sure fire hilarious piece. Do yourself a favour and see it. It is a midsummer nights dream.

Gillian Nelson 34 days ago

Absolutely bloody marvellous. These guys are talented, funny and a joy to watch. Look forward to seeing them back in 2020!

RL 40 days ago

The Lost Works of Willy Shakes is a hilarious musical send up of the Bard. This talented duo had the whole room laughing from beginning to end! It’s rude, it’s bawdy, it’s witty and original - I think Shakespeare would approve! We loved it!

Terry Elwell 44 days ago

Clever, well worked out and fun from end to end. These two extremely talented young men Guy and Joe were a delight to meet on the Royal Mile and their show was well worth missing the last bus for. Fare thee well my good lords.

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 25 days ago

William Shakespeare is concerned that his works will be forgotten, so the night before showing them all to James I he decides to put them to music. This premise demands brevity, which tightens the performance of this madcap collision of musical and Shakespearean theatre. Guy Hughes and Joe Leather delight...

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 29 days ago

Sometimes, what you need at the end of a long day of plays, is some fun - and this show delivers that alright!

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

What do you get when you blend the works of William Shakespeare, with an all singing and dancing musical extravaganza? You get the Elizabethan’s answer to Flight of the Conchords; it’s The Lost Musical Works of Willy Shakes.In a time of plague and plays, The Lost Works Theatre Company bring...

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