Next, they do a parody of Titus Andronicusportraying it as a cooking show. Reed is left alone to improvise acts such as playing the William Tell Overture on his larynx and eating fire before calling for intermission. History[ edit ] The writers, Long, Singer, and Winfield—former founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company —first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in  and later played at the Criterion Theatre in London, where it ran for nine years.
The rest of the first act demonstrates most of the other plays. It is notable for holding the world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at 43 seconds, as well as the fastest performance of Hamlet backwards, at 42 seconds.
The entire second act is the performance of Hamlet. Following it is Othellowhich is done through a rap song. They finish by performing it backwards. After the portrayal of Hamlet, the actors play it out several times increasing their speed of delivery. The three actors first introduce themselves to the audience, the first actor Reed Martin reminding the audience not to record the show, the second Austin Tichenor giving a speech about how unappreciated William Shakespeare is and the third Adam Long giving a biography of Shakespeare mixed up with a biography of Adolf Hitler.
All the histories are acted out through an American football game with the British Crown as the football or as a soccer match in at least one German production or an Australian Rules football game in an Australian production.
They begin with a parody of Romeo and Juliet. The audience gets involved during this segment when one audience member is asked to portray Ophelia for the Nunnery Scene. All the comedies are combined into one convoluted reading the justification being that they all recycle the same plot devices anyway.
After the intermission, Austin and Adam return, saving Reed from having to cover the sonnets by writing them down on a 3x5 card and passing it around the audience.
Adam is convinced to continue with the performance. There is also a failed attempt at scholarly discussion of the Shakespeare Apocrypha. Adam becomes nervous and petulant about performing such a famous and difficult play, so he runs out of the theatre with Austin chasing him.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 in Piccadilly Circus.
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Adam Long is the co-creator, co-writer and director of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), which ran in London's West End for nine years and was nominated for an Olivier Award.Download