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The Reduced Shakespeare Company will return to the UK in the summer of 2012, performing a five week tour around the country and culminating in a limited (reduced!) six week season at London’s iconic Arts Theatre.

The Complete World of Sports (abridged) - UK

Timed to coincide with another international sporting event taking place in London this summer, the RSC will present the European premiere of its seventh “fast-moving and deeply funny” (Boston Globe) stage show, The Complete World of Sports (abridged).

“The pacing and timing are crackerjack. It’s hard not to grin all night – give ’em a medal!” Washington Post

Delighted by critics and audiences alike, and starring the show’s creators and original cast, The Complete World of Sports (abridged) is a family-friendly, fast, funny, and physical tour de farce which reduces the entire history of athletic competition to a marathon of madness and mayhem, and along the way answers such questions as:

* Is darts really a sport?
* What does NASCAR stand for?
* Why do Americans insist on calling a contest in which only they compete a “World Series”?
* Who invented wife-carrying, bog-snorkeling, and cheese-rolling?
* And why aren’t they in the Olympics?

Whether it’s the ancient cavemen or the Classical Greeks, the Romans, the Elizabethans, or the modern sports media, The Complete World of Sports (abridged) brings you all the emotion, the drama and the random drug testing of sports.

“This frenetic show leaves you with a new appreciation for just how dull life would be had the idea of athletic competition never been invented.” New York Times

Fresh off a highly successful US tour and hugely popular runs in both New York and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, the RSC’s five week UK tour begins at the York Theatre Royal, followed by stops in Buxton, Exeter, Newbury, Nottingham, Truro, Poole, Canterbury, Leamington Spa, Derby, Hereford, Rhyl, Barnsley, Salford, Basingstoke, Crawley, Bedford, and Tewkesbury before continuing on to the Arts Theatre in London. Click here for a complete list of dates, venues, and box office information.

The RSC’s return to the Arts Theatre marks a reunion of sorts, as the company performed a year-long run of its signature show The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) there in 1992-1993, before their almost ten year record-breaking three-shows-in-rep run of Shakespeare, The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus from 1996 to 2005.

“The Complete World of Sports (abridged) owes as much to the insanity of Monty Python as to the inanity of actual sports programs.” Boston Globe

The company is thrilled to return to the UK after too long an absence. Let the games begin!

* Listen to creators and stars Reed Martin, Matt Rippy and Austin Tichenor share their excitement on the award-nominated Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast here.
* Watch video excerpts of The Complete World of Sports (abridged) here.
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* Follow the Reduced Shakespeare Company on Twitter.
* To Buy Tickets for the Arts Theatre, click here.

For more information, please contact Paul Sullivan on 01932 570 582 or 07881 885 253 or by email at [email protected].

The Complete World of Sports (abridged)


Midnight · July 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I am hoping to see you guys in Barnsley this weekend.
but also hoping if i can’t make it that my dear country has done enough to entice you all back another time.

incase i don’t make it and don’t get to say it to your face

Mr Matt Rippy, you are still a better dancer than John Barrowman, I said it at Hub 2 and I still say it!


austin · June 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

¡Gracias, amigo! Thanks for coming and participating!

John Torres · June 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I have been in Poole, Dorset tonight, was absolutely briliant, it was fun and I just did my performance in England. I am Spanish and I did the mexican, the transilvanian and running the bulls like in Pamplona, very familiar. You are absolutely fantastic. BRAVO.

KT · June 20, 2012 at 2:06 am

Saw your show last night, brilliantly funny.Well done, loved it especially the synchronised swimming.

austin · May 9, 2012 at 7:45 am

You’re not as sad as we are, I promise you!

John A. Ferguson · May 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I am also saddened that you will not come to Scotland. I have been a big fan for many years, seen many of your shows and want you back in Glasgow.

We want you back!

Stuart Hogben · March 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

And Norwich gets added to the schedule – Booyah! Booked and booked.

Tina · February 29, 2012 at 6:06 am

Have booked to see you in Peterborough in June and I’m so tempted to book to see you at the London Arts Theatre too!!!

Avinash Dadoo · February 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Saw the complete works of Shakespeare abridged back in India in 2005.. Would love to see a repeat of that show in scotland.. U guys are amazing!!

Rita · January 11, 2012 at 3:44 am

So happy you’re coming back to Europe*! Will definitely come to see you! 🙂
Best regards from Cologne (Germany),
* Seen from the continent, the UK is part of Europe although the Brits sometimes don’t seem to agree … 😉

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