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Reduced run for Complete Works

First Published 17 April 2008, Last Updated 21 April 2008

Shakespearean romp The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is to finish its summer season at the Arts on Sunday 2 September, three weeks earlier than planned. It had been booking at the off-West End venue until 23 September.

The irreverent show, originally created by The Reduced Shakespeare Company, became the capital’s longest running comedy when it ran at the Criterion from 1996-2005. This new staging of the show has been put together by producer Mark Goucher with Act Productions and Wimpole theatre.

Condensing all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays into one 97-minute show, The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) includes Hamlet performed forwards, backwards and sideways, Titus Andronicus as a TV cookery programme, a rap version of Othello and all 16 tragedies shaped into Four Weddings And A Transvestite.

The next show at the Arts is a new play based on the life of cartoon-strip City banker Alex. Robert Bathurst stars as the devious manipulator who finds himself in trouble both at work and at home. Alex runs from 11 October-8 December.



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