What better way to celebrate a 400-year legacy than with 37 plays in 97 minutes? Yes, it is “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”: the comedies, histories and tragedies all accelerated in one madcap performance which will leave one rolling on the floor in fits of laughter.
Fans of the theater and the Bard will no doubt already be familiar with this popular show. It was the brainchild of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It subsequently became one of the longest running comedies on West End and in 1997 was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy.
Featuring only three actors, the performance opens with Romeo and Juliet and clocks the fastest version of Hamlet at 43 seconds. Daily Variety noted, “A madcap condensation that features non-stop laughs. Done at a whirlwind pace with great delight, they are sure to win over even the most sceptical. And there is no doubt that William Shakespeare himself … would approve.”
Back by popular demand
This is not the premiere performance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” in the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Drama Society produced the show to rave reviews in 1999, and is now bringing the show back to audiences with two of the original cast members: Chris Mann and Malcolm Ellis. This upcoming production sees Rory Mann as both cast member and director.
The society is excited to be able to take part in Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, along with the rest of the world. This show is the second Shakespearean event for the local theater this year, as it started off 2016 with a two-week workshop on performing Shakespeare.
The drama society is also pleased to be welcoming Cambridge Shakespeare’s cast in September for their performance of “As You Like It.”
Tickets are selling fast. You do not want to miss this somewhat irreverent take on the Bard which will leave you gasping for air.
The Curtain Call bar has already come up with a list of special cocktails just for the occasion!
“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!” – The Today Show.
The show opens on June 9 and has a short nine-performance run.
Show dates: June 9-11; 16-18; 23-25. Happy hour specials start at 6:30 p.m. Show time 7:30 p.m. sharp.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students, available at www.cds.ky or email [email protected]