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Ryan J-W Smith receiving the 2015 Hollywood Fringe International Award for his Love Labours Won. 


Love Labours Won is a multiple award-winning two-act (approx. 65 minute) verse comedy, written entirely in rhyming iambic verse by the internationally renowned playwright and poet, Ryan J-W Smith.

In 2005 Ryan J-W Smith was awarded an Arts Council England grant to write Love Labours Won. Since then, it has been produced three times to exceedingly highly critical and commercial acclaim by Smith’s own theatre company, Rogue Shakespeare®. The world premiere took place in the 350 seat Debating Hall of the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, 2006. It subsequently returned to the Gilded Balloon with an all-female cast at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Both years it garnered multiple 4 and 5 star reviews and appeared on ‘Pick of the Fringe’.

More recently Rogue Shakespeare® produced Love Labours Won at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival where it was awarded the coveted International Award and an Encore! Producers’ Award. It was subsequently extended for a month before Smith started making plans to write his 5th verse play, the award-nominated, The Bard Gets Hard!, followed immediately by his 6th verse play, the multiple award-winning, MacDeth!

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