Standup Shakespeare

STANDUP SHAKESPEARE sets the timeless language of the Bard to the exciting rhythms of jazz, baroque, samba and gospel-rock original music. A fractured love story is performed by a modern-day Fool and two glorious singers.
1F, 3M (Flexible)
90 minutes



Ray Leslee

Ray Leslee

Music Ray Leslee’s compositions for the theatre include A CHAMBER CHRISTMAS CAROL, which premiered in 2010 at the Morgan Library in New York; AVENUE X, the original a cappella musical about racial tensions in New York...

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Kenneth Welsh

Kenneth Welsh

Book Kenneth Welsh was a Canadian film and television actor. He was known to Twin Peaks fans as the multi-faced villain Windom Earle and played the father of Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) in Martin...

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"Ray Leslee has set the most famous of lyrics to a melodic, jazz-tinged score. In Mr. Leslee’s talented hands, Shakespeare has soul."

The New York Times

"The result is an ingenious patchwork of song and story that mostly plays fast and loose with Shakespeare’s verse, and then suddenly delivers him straight up—both to great emotional effect."

Washington Post

"Classy, charming and funny…The twist is this: Every word of the sparkling repartee comes from some Shakespeare play or other. It’s stitched together seamlessly by Kenneth Welsh, with lush tunes by Ray Leslee...The set-up is simple: A Burlesque style comedian known simply as The Fool trades witticisms with a pair of cabaret singers. In between, the three take turns singing Mr. Leslee’s melodies, which range from broadly comic shtick to soaring lyricism."

Washington Times

"It is a fascinating theatrical conceit that Mike Nichols (the director) fashions…absolutely modern."

Hollywood Reporter

"Only a man as steeped in Shakespeare as Kenneth Welsh could have devised this script…seventy-seven minutes of enchantment.

New York Magazine


4 Musicians


Production Materials

Included in your license are the following cast and crew scripts. These materials will be shipped upon receipt of payment if your license request is approved.

5 Cast Script/Vocal Books

A combination of the show’s full script and the full vocal book. All dialogue within each song is printed in the score to prevent flipping back and forth during rehearsals. All books are spiral-bound and double-sided.

2 Director’s Scripts

A single-sided, spiral-bound script designed with plenty of space for the director to take notes and add blocking during the rehearsal process.

1 Stage Manager’s Script

A single-sided, three-hole punched script that can be inserted into your three-ring binder.

2 Piano/Conductor Scores

A keyboard score that is a key part of the show’s actual orchestration. This score contains both vocal parts and a cue staff, which guides the conductor through the full orchestration by informing them when instruments enter the song, as well as providing specific part lines when necessary.

Promotional Resources

Standup Shakespeare Logo Pack

Official Logo Pack

Included with license

Includes color and black and white high-resolution logo files in JPG, PNG, and EPS formats.

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Standup Shakespeare Official Show Artwork

Official Show Artwork


Creating artwork for your performance has never been easier – customize online in minutes, download a print-ready PDF, order printed posters, access layered files.

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Standup Shakespeare Promotion Kit & Social Media Guide

Social Media Marketing Kit


Includes everything you need to plan and implement the promotion of your show – 50+ graphics for social media, original show specific content, social media guide, promotion calendar and press release template.

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Standup Shakespeare Cast & Crew T-Shirts

Cast & Crew T-Shirts

As low as $14 each

Broadway Licensing has partnered with Subplot Studio to offer premium-quality Cast & Crew T-Shirts! You can add your theatre name, show dates and even your cast & crew names on the back.

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Production Resources

Digital Orchestration Parts

Prefer playing or rehearsing from your tablet? All of our orchestration scores (including PC and PV) are available in digital copies.

Digital PC or PV $50
Full Digital Orchestration Set $150

Broadway Plus

A workshop experience in which a Broadway artist speaks and works with students in an educational setting through our partnership with Broadway Plus.

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