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
Sep 18 Doncaster Cast
Address: Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU. Buy Tickets
Sep 19 Leeds City Varieties Music Hall
Address: Swan Street, Leeds, LS1 6LW. Buy Tickets
Sep 20 Masham Town Hall
Address: Little Market Place, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4DY. Buy Tickets
Oct 01 Cambridge Junction
Address: Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX. Buy Tickets
Oct 03 Lincoln LPAC
Address: University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool LN6 7TS. Buy Tickets
Oct 04 Evesham Arts Centre
Address: Victoria Avenue, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4QH. Buy Tickets
Oct 31 Bromsgrove Artrix
Address: School Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1AX. Buy Tickets
Nov 02 Camberley, Surrey Camberley Theatre
Address: Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3SY. Buy Tickets
Nov 06 Maidenhead Norden Farm
Address: Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF. Buy Tickets
Nov 14 Hampton School 450 Hall
Address: Haworth Road, Hampton TW12 3HD. Buy Tickets
Nov 15 Newport IOW Quay Arts
Address: Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD. Buy Tickets
Nov 18 Epsom Playhouse
Address: Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL. Buy Tickets
Nov 20 Cardiff Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Address: Castle Grounds, Cardiff CF10 3ER. Buy Tickets

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