The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

UK National Tour 2013

  • The play that launched a thousand Reductions!
  • The Longest Running Comedy in London’s West End!
  • Tour Schedule


All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! Now revised for 2013 with the same recycled jokes – just put in a different order. An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.


The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies. Since 1981, ‘The Bad Boys of Abridgement’ have created eight stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, heard and translated into Klingon the world over.


The company’s first three shows, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) enjoyed a nine-year run at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus. Not only were they London’s longest-running comedies, but at one point the Reduced Shakespeare Company had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber. Some of them were funnier too…

The “other RSC” were last seen in the UK with their highly successful Complete World of Sports (abridged) which toured the country before completing a season in London’s West End during the 2012 Olympics.


Warning! This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders, outer-ear disorders, Shakespearean scholars, degrees in Elizabethan history and/or people inclined to motion sickness. The RSC cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers!

For more information or to arrange an interview contact:

Paul Sullivan on 01932 570 152 or 07881 885 253 or by email at
Jodie Hailston on 01932 570 582 or 07780 821 916 or by email at


“A madcap condensation that features non-stop laughs. Done at a whirlwind pace and with great delight, they are sure to win over even the most skeptical. And there is no doubt that William Shakespeare himself… would approve.” Daily Variety

“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll  love this show!” The Today Show

“Stupendous, anchorless joy!” The London Times

“Wildly funny. Masterful!” Los Angeles Times

“The funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime.” Montreal Gazette

“Shamelessly heretical!” Time Out – London

“Gloriously, relaxingly funny.” Financial Times

“Shakespeare as it was back in the Bard’s day: bawdy, irreverent, sublimely entertaining.” Miami Herald

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

Upcoming Tour Dates

UK & Ireland  

Date City Venue
May 27 Crewe Lyceum
Box office: 01270 368 242. Buy Tickets
May 28 Perth Perth Festival of the Arts
Box office: 01738 621 031. Buy Tickets
May 29 Lytham Saint Annes Lowther Pavilion Theatre
Box office: 01253 794 221. Buy Tickets
May 30 Salisbury Salisbury International Arts Festival
Box office: 0845 241 9651. Buy Tickets
May 31 Stowe Stowe School, Roxburgh Hall
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Jun 01 Banbury Mill Arts Centre
Box office: 01295 279002. Buy Tickets
Jun 16 Tenterden, Kent Sinden Theatre
Address: Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6LT.
Jun 17 Stamford Arts Centre
Jun 18 Kettering Arts Centre
Address: Lindsay Street NN16 8RG.
Jun 19 Bury St Edmonds Theatre Royal
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Jun 20 Fareham Ashcroft Arts Centre
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Jun 21 Margate Theatre Royal
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Jun 23 Stockport The Plaza
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Jun 25 Ardingly Arts Fest
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Jun 26 Dartford Orchard Theatre
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Jun 27 Basingstoke Haymarket Theatre
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Jun 28 Guildford G-Live
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Aug 17 - Aug 25 Edinburgh Pleasance Grand
Address: Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ. Tickets on sale 13th May

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