Henry Filloux-Bennett on The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) *Phew!*

James McNicholas, Lucy Woolliscroft & Owen Roberts

Written for http://www.whatsonstage.com

Long before the success of Potted Potter, Pirates and Panto, three guys were taking the complete works of William Shakespeare and ramming them into a breakneck 90 minutes. Entitled (strangely enough) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s hilarious show is still one of the most defining memories of the Bard that I, and many of my peers, have. Running for a legendary nine years at the Criterion it was a staple for theatre goers of the 90’s before closing to tour internationally (currently the Americans are lapping it up).

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