What will young Hamlet grow up To Be? That is the question! A fast, funny, and physical extravaganza filled with scary ghosts, wee Scots, singing nuns, and a mysterious vassal in the castle, Hamlet and Ophelia navigate their parents and their own feelings while putting on a show – what could possibly go wrong?
Discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England (next to a pile of bones that didn’t look that important), an ancient manuscript proves to be the long-lost first play written by none other than seventeen-year-old William Shakespeare from Stratford. We are totally not completely making this up.
Now, the Reduced Shakespeare Company tackles the subject it was born to reduce. From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Moliere (Is Moliere funny? Why not?) to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Anthony Weiner.
The fruitcakes of the Reduced Shakespeare Company take you on an irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). It’s festive funny physical family fun as these Three Wise Guys send-up and celebrate your favorite winter holiday traditions. The only holiday show you’ll ever need to see!
In this merciless but affectionate satire, The Reduced Shakespeare company sets it comic sites on the lunacy of sports. The result is a tour-de-farce of vaudevillian physical comedy that will delight every non-sports fan in the family. The Complete World of Sports (abridged) is an audience-interactive, family-friendly show for all ages, “blending slapstick, sight gags, hernia-inducing puns, and genuine verbal wit.” (Boston Globe)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater…the Reduced Shakespeare Company boldly goes where few would dare –Tinseltown!The “bad boys of abridgement” take on America’s largest cultural and economic export (well, except for weapons) in this seriously silly show biz satire. The RSC cut through the celluloid to condense the 186 greatest films into a complete compilation of classic cinematic cliches — plus a few brand new cliches they just made up.
The Literary Canon explodes as the bad boys of abridgement unleash a brand-new comic outrage on an unsuspecting public. America’s best loved comedy troupe takes you on a ninety-eight minute roller-coaster ride through its compact compendium of the world’s great books in All The Great Books (abridged). Confused by Confucius? Thoroughly thrown by Thoreau? Wish Swift was swifter? Tennyson tinier? Then buckle up and hop aboard as the three cultural guerrillas of the RSC zip through everything you didn’t get around to reading in school.
1000 Years in 100 Minutes! From Beowulf to Baywatch! They shook up Shakespeare. They annihilated American History. They abridged the Bible. And now, the Reduced Shakespeare Company massacres the Millennium with a brand new reduction – Western Civilization: The Complete Musical (abridged) – a musical/comedy version of the last 1000 years! You’re gonna laugh like it’s 1499 and the music will knock you out!
From Fig Leaves to Final Judgment… The Good Book Just Got Better! 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). It’s an affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgment. Can bolts of lightning be far behind?
600 Years of History in 6000 Seconds… History Will Never Be The Same! From Washington to Watergate, yea verily from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from New World to New World Order – The Complete History of America (abridged) is a ninety minute rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History, reminding us that it’s not the length of your history that matters – it’s what you’ve done with it!
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 – 10 years in the 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.