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The Reduced Shakespeare Company

The Reduced Shakespeare Company

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Three madmen in tights are Blackpool-bound on a mission to hurtle through the complete works of William Shakespeare next month.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a comedy troupe that has been taking long, serious subjects and reducing them to short, sharp comedies since 1981.

The trio will weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s 37 comedies, histories and tragedies at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on June 13.

So far the team has tackled eight stage shows, two TV specials and numerous radio pieces.

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) were all West End smashes.

Their original irreverent rapid-fire romp through the Bard, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy, with nine years in the West End at the Criterion Theatre.

Their new show The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is a high-speed rollercoaster just 97 hilarious minutes in length.

* The Reduced Shakespeare Company, Grand Theatre, Saturday June 13. Call (01253) 743339 for tickets, costing £17.50 or £15.50 for concessions.