Hasty Pudding Theatricals

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Oldest collegiate theatre group in the world. We present an original student-written drag musical comedy every year.

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the third oldest theater organization in the world, preceded only by the Comédie-Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players. Born from the Hasty Pudding Club, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals performed its first musical, Bombastes Furioso, on the auspicious evening of Friday the 13th, December 1844. Since its humble beginnings in a Harvard dorm room, the Theatricals has grown into an original, student written and composed, full-scale pun-filled musical extravaganza, which culminates each year in an all-male kick line. Some of America’s most prominent luminaries were first made famous by wearing drag on the Pudding stage, such as William Randolph Hearst, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Jack Lemmon (training for his famous role in Some Like it Hot). While the Pudding remains all-male on stage, we have female members who have been working on every other facet of the show since the 1950's. Ultimately, 50 students work together in the cast, band, tech crew, and business staff to stage a 35-show run in Cambridge, with additional dates in New York City and Bermuda.

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