A fun twist on Shakespeare

Members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company

Members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company

First published in Entertainment Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Editor

The Reduced Shakespeare Company will appear at City Varieties in September with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]; an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. The 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 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.

The company are currently touring the UK with their acclaimed The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), on the back of a whirlwind eight month tour of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) playing to packed houses throughout the UK and London’s West End in 2013. Before that 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.

At the City Varieties the madcap men in tights will weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is at City Varieties Music Hall on Friday 19th September 2014 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £19.60.

Book online at cityvarieties.co.uk or call box office on 0113 243 0808.

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