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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) is coming to the Yorkshire Playhouse under the direction of John Baker.


Tuesday March 3, 2015 @ 7:00PM at the Playhouse

Wednesday March 4, 2015 @ 7:00 PM at the Playhouse

(Note: If you can’t make it to auditions, but would like to audition, email the director at jibaker@york.edu with a subject line of Auditions for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.)

About the Play

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s classic farce, two of its original writer/performers (Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield) have thoroughly revised the show to bring it up to date for 21st-century audiences, incorporating some of the funniest material from the numerous amateur and professional productions that have been performed around the world.

The cultural touchstone that is THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) was born when three inspired, charismatic comics, having honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London’s second-longest-running comedy after a decade at the Criterion Theatre. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) is one of the world’s most frequently produced plays, and has been translated into dozens of languages.

Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors (though more can be used). Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.