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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 80
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 1617741558
ISBN-13: 9781617741555

About the Play:

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is a full-length farce by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Life is short. The complete works of Shakespeare are long. Now all of the bard's most familiar pieces are condensed into one hilarious rollercoaster spoof! This has become one of the world's most popular shows, and you don't have to be a fan of Shakespeare, or even familiar with his plays, to enjoy this inventive, fast-paced comedy!

Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it's full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's classic farce, two of its original writer/performers (Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield) have thoroughly revised the show to bring it up to date for 21st-century audiences, incorporating some of the funniest material from the numerous amateur and professional productions that have been performed around the world.

The cultural touchstone that is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was born when three inspired, charismatic comics, having honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London's second-longest-running comedy after a decade at the Criterion Theatre. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is one of the world's most frequently produced plays, and has been translated into several dozen languages.

Cast: 3 men

What people say:

"Shakespeare as written by Reader's Digest, acted by Monty Python, and performed at the speed of the minute waltz. So forsooth! Get thee to the RSC's delightfully fractured Complete Works." — Los Angeles Herald

"One of the funniest shows you are likely to see in your lifetime." — The Gazette (Montreal)

"A madcap condensation that features non-stop laughs. Done at a whirlwind pace and with great delight, they are sure to win over even the most skeptical. And there is no doubt that William Shakespeare himself … would approve." — Daily Variety

About the Playwright:

Adam Long was a founding member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company. In 1996, Long was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1997. He left The Reduced Shakespeare Company in 2003, settled in England where he has worked extensively in animation, writing for CBBC, Cbeebies, Disney, Nickelodeon and Sprout.

Daniel Singer left Santa Rosa, California at age 19 to pursue a classical theatre training in London. When he returned home two years later, he created the Reduced Shakespeare Company. After two years of touring he spent twelve years designing theme park attractions for Walt Disney Imagineering. Leaving the theme park business in 2000, Singer returned to writing for the theatre.

Jess Winfield is an American novelist and television writer. He co-founded the Reduced Shakespeare Company, won two Daytime Emmy Awards as a writer-producer for the Walt Disney Company, and authored a New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice" and a California Book Awards "First Fiction" finalist.