COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Abridged)

July 29, 2015

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The brainchild of The Reduced Shakespeare Company, this incredibly funny play, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1987 and subsequently transferred to London’s West End where it ran for nine years.

Sydney’s Genesian Theatre is currently presenting their production of this entertaining show. Jessica Gray, Jamie Collette and Barry Nielsen make up the superb cast, bringing the characters to life with their excellent performances. In just 97 minutes, the show touches on all of Shakespeare’s works and presents every single one of the 1,122 roles, (the sonnets are thrown in as a DVD extra!). Hard to believe, that all these roles are performed by just three actors.

_GEN7675Directed by Tom Massey, this is one of the best shows I have seen presented in this charming intimate theatre.

The play is notable for holding the (self-proclaimed) 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! Unless you see it, you won’t believe it.

The season runs until 8 August 2015, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. plus a matinee at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday.

Sandra Tiltman

Photos: Craig O’Regan

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