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Shakespeare but not as we know it

PUBLISHED: 16:20 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 11 August 2010

Reduced Shakespeare Co

Reduced Shakespeare Co

What is your favourite Shakespeare play – Hamlet? Macbeth? A Midsummer Night s Dream? Well now you can see all of these and more in one night with the outrageous production, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged), coming to the Broadway theatre, Bar

What is your favourite Shakespeare play - Hamlet? Macbeth? A Midsummer Night's Dream?

Well now you can see all of these and more in one night with the outrageous production, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged), coming to the Broadway theatre, Barking on April 5.

This fast paced and fun fuelled show races through all 37 of the Bard's plays in just 97 minutes and has been London's favourite comedy for over a decade.

First performed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company in 1987 at the Edinburgh fringe Festival the show was soon recognised for its obvious talents.

It was the longest running comedy in the West End headlining there for 10 years to huge critical acclaim.

Now the production has been taken over by the Mark Goucho Company who are reviving the comedy smash hit and taking it on the road.

So sit back and prepare for laughs a plenty as this dazzling and dizzying array of comical characters do the seemingly impossible.

With just a small group of actors the company manage to recreate scores of characters and dozens of plot lines at break-neck speed.

You will howl as "Hamlet" is performed forwards, backwards and sideways, titter at "Titus Andronicus" portrayed as a TV cookery programme and role in the aisles as the actors rap "Othello".

And as the comedies aren't anywhere near as funny as the tragedies, all 16 are condensed into "Four Weddings and a Transvestite".

Starring in the show are Ryan Ellsworth, Glenn Conroy, Declan Mills and Simon Cole.

Truly something that has to be seen to be believed this rollercoaster ride of men in tights, dresses, codpieces and capes is the funniest thing you are likely to see this year.

Speaking about the production actor Simon Cole said: "This is very much a family show; we have had so many people telling us that we have turned their kids on to Shakespeare.

"It really shows that his plays are still topical and relevant today.

"If you look at any facet of story telling you will see Shakespeare's influence people come back to it time and time again."

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) will be at the Broadway theatre, Barking for one night only on April 5 tickets cost £15/£13.

To book call the box office on 020 8507 5607 or visit www.thebroadwaybarking.com.

Or see the show at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford on Sunday March 23 call 01245 606505.

The Broadway theatre, Barking, is offering you the chance to win two tickets to The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged).

This hilarious comedy of every Shakespeare play performed in 97 minutes is guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles.

The show is here for one night only on Saturday April 5 at 7.30pm, for your chance to win simply answer this question:

What is the name of the Scottish play never uttered by superstitious actors?

Send in your answers, along with your name, address and telephone number by March 20 to:

Complete Works of Shakespeare Competition, The Barking and Dagenham Post, 10 Whalebone Lane South, Dagenham. RM8 1BJ.

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