THE BIBLE (abridged) UK Tour 2014

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The Bible: The Complete Word of god (abridged) - UK TOUR

Following the sell-out success of their 2013 UK Tour it’s apocalypse now as the three cultural guerrillas of The Reduced Shakespeare Company set their reductive sites on the good book with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). 

UK TOUR SPRING 2014 – From Fig Leaves to Final Judgment!

Can bolts of lightning be far behind?


Yes, it’s an affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgment as the ‘The Bad Boys of Abridgement’ tackle the great theological questions: Did Adam and Eve have navels? Did Moses really look like Charlton Heston? And why isn’t the word “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds?

Whether you are Catholic or Atheist, Muslim or Jew, Protestant, Atheist or Jedi, you will be tickled by the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s romp through old time religion.

Remember… Someone is watching.


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…

Prior to their 2013 tour 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.

For further information and images please contact:

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


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austin · July 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

Lily, I’m not sure where you’re getting your info…we toured the BIBLE all over the UK last spring and we’re performing at the Fringe for four weeks starting on July 30! Come see us!

Lily Newman · July 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Hi boys
We saw you at The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn last year when you said you’d be returning with the Bible. The only UK tour dates I can see are in Edinburgh (unfortunately we’re at The Fringe from 5 – 8th August, so before your run starts). Are you coming to Cheshire with the Bible at all?

We’d love to see you. Already have a gaggle of mates geared up to come if you’re heading this way?!



Cat Randle · April 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Andover audience loved the show! We love this RS humour.
I struggle to find suitable theater to take my 11 year old son to and it was great to see him enjoying the jokes. He was blown away by how good the actors were. Can’t wait to take him to the next one.

Jeff Brydon · March 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Just saw the show at Barnard Castle.
Very funny, very clever and very enjoyable. Plus ! Me and my beloved up on stage doing cat meows ! What more could you ask for ? Brilliant : )

Tom · March 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Great show in Grantham tonight. Funny, irreverent but authentic. 3 great guys and a fantastic way to spend the evening.

sarah whitcombe · February 11, 2014 at 12:52 am

I saw you in Ipswich last night and I laughed until I cried. I am sure that if you played in the Bible Belt of the USA you would be lynched in three minutes. Don’t go there! We love having you HERE xxx

Vicky Woollard · February 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Fantastic show at Ipswich tonight…Brilliant…!
Thank you guys!
ps You can never get enough of the Ark!

Marion · February 9, 2014 at 7:34 am

Absolutely fantastic show, I am a Christian and found it very, very funny – keep up the good work

Tom · February 6, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Speaking of reverent irreverence, read The Newer More English Version – a reverently irreverent rewriting of the Pentateuch without god.

austin · February 1, 2014 at 9:01 am

Yes, it is irreverent, and I would disagree with the OED. One can be irreverent AND respectful, in fact, we sometimes say we are reverently irreverent. They are not mutually exclusive.

Steve Laird · January 31, 2014 at 2:27 am

Great show last night guys – really enjoyed it. Best of luck for the rest of your tour!

Linda Hills · January 29, 2014 at 7:31 am

I would like to agree with Carol Moore’s response above, and I’m glad to see the performances are going ahead now. I wonder how many of those who have spoken out against it have actually seen the play? As a practising Christian, I am not remotely offended by the idea and I really don’t think the Councillors concerned were speaking on God’s behalf. In my view, God is as far from being concerned about this play as he could be, and has far more important things on his mind. Enjoy the show!

Joanne Brown · January 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm

OED definition of ‘irreverent’:

‘showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously’

What does ‘irreverent’ mean to you?
Is your show irreverent?
Your webpage says it is.
I’m confused.

Congratulations on the free PR.

Carol Moore · January 26, 2014 at 7:06 am

It is with anger and frustration that I write to you about Newtownabbey Council’s decision to cancel your production at Theatre at the Mill. Just when one thinks Northern Ireland is moving forward, we get plunged back into the dark ages by petty, narrow-minded, self-seeking politicians who speak only on behalf of themselves. Given we actually still live in a democracy, the people of Northern Ireland are capable of making their own decisions and do not need fundamentalists or extremists of any hue deciding what is “good” or “bad” for us. It is clear that freedom of expression as a fundamental right was “sacrificed” here so particular councillors would gain a majority on the council’s artistic committee. As an actress and director I am horrified at this decision and join with you in fighting against such censorship. I understand you are teching and dressing on the 29th and 30th and wondered (pending availability) whether you would welcome some equity members coming along to the dress to support you at Theatre at the Mill. I look forward to hearing from you. Onwards and upwards comrades. Carol Moore (Northern Ireland Equity Branch Secretary)

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