Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) Reviews
Newest Review: ... me. Abridged is hardly the word I'd use. Murdered and ripped apart are some of the phrases that come to mind, but, thankfully, that is the point of the evening. Every Shakepeare play, except the anus one, comes under attack with, in most cases, hilarious results. The histories themselves are played like an American Football match with the ball passed from King to King as the years progress. Titus Andronicus becomes a cookery programme. The comedies are lumped together and this part of the show is a little bit of a let-down. Particularly if you are not familiar with the Bard's work. Part of the fun is knowing which play is havin... more
Customer Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) Reviews (6)
by - written on 10/12/02, updated on 10/12/02
You can't go round barfing on people, man! - Advantages: You'll laugh so hard you'll cry., You'll fall in love with the actors., You'll be smiling to yourself for the next year! - Disadvantages: You'll come back so often you'll need another source of income.
by - written on 03/10/01, updated on 03/10/01 (Very useful, 80 readings)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is a scam! They missed out a play - Coriolanus. Albeit for a very good reason. Who, after all, would want to perform the anus play..!? I saw this production in Sheffield at the Lycem Theatre. I had always been interested by the premise offered by this play and had waited for the chance to go and see it. It has played the Edinburgh Fringe to rave reviews and it is a very good and entertaining piece of comedy theatre. The set-up begins with the actors inroducing themselves and their love of theatre and Shakespeare himself before they launch into the routine. Believe me. Abridged is hardly the word ... Read the complete review
by - written on 20/08/01, updated on 20/08/01 (Very useful, 202 readings)
Laughed? I almost wet myself - as my usually straight-laced boss described the performance he was taking us to see on a company outing. Instantly I translated this as 'actually funny, not bad considering it's at the theatre' - it has long been my opinion that the theatre has none of the magic of film or television and uncomfortable seats to boot. I was wrong. It was pant-wettingly funny and beat the other media hands down in a fair fight (and the seats had enough legroom for my 5'10" stature). My first reaction (after 'hey, I can sit down here without losing circulation' - although maybe this was just because we were in the stalls) ... Read the complete review
by - written on 29/12/00, updated on 29/12/00 (Very useful, 50 readings)
In those slack days after Christmas we try each year to get to a play in London. We've rarely been disappointed, having seen such great productions as Miss Saigon and Blood Brothers. We decided this year to try something different so we booked to see "The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)" at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus. It was brilliant. I have never laughed so much, so continuously throughout a performance before. The company consists only of three performers, Canadian, Rick Bland and Americans, Gary Fannin and John Schwab. These three magicians sought to capture the essence of Shakespeare's entire ... Read the complete review
by - written on 06/10/00, updated on 06/10/00 (Very useful, 41 readings)
If you are a Shakespeare fan with not quite an american sense of humour, you might get a little disappointed here. Nevertheless, the cast does certainly and amazing job putting together so much information into a quite relaxed format. There is a lot to see, and you can get a little dizzy if you try to capture it all, so my suggestion is stick to the 3 best prepared acts, Romeo and Juliet, Otello and Hamlet. No, it is not a coincidence that those are the top three in public recognition. It is actually quite amusing to see three funny looking american guys reciting the famous love lines of Romeo and Juliet to each other, or doing a original and surprisingly ... Read the complete review
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