The Reduced Shakespeare Company

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The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged): Previewed 5 March 1996, Opened 7 March 1996, Closed 3 April 2005
The Complete History of America (Abridged): Opened 12 March 1996, Closed 3 April 2005
The Bible - The Complete Word of God (Abridged): Opened 16 January 2003, Closed 3 April 2005
Presented at the Criterion Theatre in London

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) is devised and written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield and Reed Martin and was performed for 7 performances each week. The Complete History of America (Abridged) is devised and written by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor and was performed for 1 performance each week. The Bible - The Complete Word of God (Abridged) is devised and written by Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor and Matthew Croke and joined the repertory towards the end of the West End run, playing 1 performance each week.

"As the title says, the idea is to condense all 37 of Shakespeare's plays into some 100 minutes. Since the company's opener, Romeo and Juliet, blusters along for a good ten, you wonder how they will manage the feat. The answer is that they cheat. Timon of Athens is reduced to a mention, King Lear to an OAP who briefly blunders into a history-cycle that has been transformed into a game of American football. All the comedies become what on bad days one feels they really are: a crazed sprawl of absurd coincidences in which two lots of identical triplets end up married for no discernible reason. The results are sometimes sophomoric, often hilarious... Shakespeare-haters, if any there be, will doubtless feel encouraged by the RSC's efforts; but its prime appeal is surely to Shakespeare-lovers wanting a respite from all that homage. Tweaking the great man's beard reminds us that he was human too." The Times

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) was revived in the Summer of 2007 at the Arts Theatre. A major new staging of the hit comedy in which a company of just three actors perform all of Shakespeare's 37 plays in just 97 minutes! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), originally devised by The Reduced Shakespeare Company, enjoyed a nine year run at London's Criterion Theatre between 1996 and 2005 aswell as a successful earlier season at The Arts Theatre in the early 1990s. This 2007 production at the Arts Theatre is being produced by Mark Goucher, Act Productions and Wimpole Theatre in association with the Arts Theatre (not the Reduced Shakespeare Company).