The bard’s reduced works may be abridged too far

REDUCED FARE The three-man Reduced Shakespeare Company is bringing the Complete Works of Shakespeare to the Lowther Pavilion
REDUCED FARE The three-man Reduced Shakespeare Company is bringing the Complete Works of Shakespeare to the Lowther Pavilion
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The Reduced Shakespeare Company is bringing its show – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) – to Lowther Pavilion in Lytham next Thursday.

Apparently, this production has to be seen to be believed, and contains all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays in 97 minutes.

It toured the UK last year, and went down so well that the show will be performed at another 17 venues, including Lytham, this summer.

“An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare was London’s longest-running comedy, having clocked nine years in London’s West End,” said a spokesman for the show.

“Basically we are inviting people to join some madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you helpless with laughter.”

Asked how this year’s show will differ to the 2013 show, he replied: “it’s revised for 2014 with the same recycled jokes – just in a different order.”

Full marks for honesty.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies.

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) enjoyed a nine-year run at the Criterion Theatre. Not only were they London’s longest-running comedies, but at one point the Reduced Shakespeare Company had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber. Some of them were funnier too...

Tickets, priced £16 (concessions £14), are available from www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk or the box office on 01253 794221.