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

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Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

UK National Tour 2014

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


All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! 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 nine 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…


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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Upcoming Tour Dates

UK & Ireland  

Date City Venue
Jun 10 - Jun 11 Greenwich Greenwich Theatre
Address: Crooms Hill London SE10 8ES. Buy Tickets
Jun 12 Workington Carnegie Theatre
Address: Finkle Street, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2BD. Buy Tickets
Jun 13 Blackpool Grand Theatre
Address: 33 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT. Buy Tickets
Jun 14 Grassington Grassington Festival
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Jun 16 Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Address: University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD. Sold Out
Jun 17 Newbury Corn Exchange
Address: Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD. Buy Tickets
Jun 18 Hastings White Rock Theatre
Address: White Rock, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1JX. Venue phone: 01424 462288. Buy Tickets
Jun 19 Luton Library Theatre
Address: St George’s Square Luton LU1 2NG. Buy Tickets
Jun 20 Taunton Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre
Address: School Road, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8PD. Buy Tickets Few Left
Jun 21 Stroud Subscription Rooms
Address: George Street, Stroud, GL5 1AE. Buy Tickets
Jun 23 Farnham Maltings
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Jun 24 Bradfield Bradfield Festival
Address: Greek Theatre, Bradfield College, Berkshire RG7 6AU. Buy Tickets
Jun 25 Lyme Regis Marine Theatre
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Jun 26 Bridport Arts Centre
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Jun 27 Ely Isle of Ely Arts Festival
Time: 3:00pm. Address: The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely CB7 4BB. Buy Tickets
Jun 27 Ely Isle of Ely Arts Festival
Time: 7:00pm. Address: The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely CB7 4BB. Buy Tickets
Jun 29 Caterham Caterham School Theatre
Box office: 01883 335001.
Jul 07 Islington, London Pleasance Theatre
Address: Carpenters Mews, North Rd, London N7 9EF. Buy Tickets
Jul 09 Malvern Festival Theatre
Address: Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB. Buy Tickets
Jul 10 Bath Komedia
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