The irrepressible Reduced Shakespeare Company back in Barnstaple doing what they do best - reducing Shakespeare.

Short. Sharp doses of the Bard. With plenty of laughs. Are the hallmarks of the Reduced Shakespeare Company.Short. Sharp doses of the Bard. With plenty of laughs. Are the hallmarks of the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

THE play that launched a thousand reductions returns to Barnstaple in a new format this month as the Reduced Shakespeare Company prepare to set the Bard spinning in his grave once more.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] on Tuesday, May 21 will see the madcap men in tights at the Queen’s Theatre to mount a rip-roaring and irreverent romp through all 37 plays in 97 minutes.

The three-man comedy troupe of Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield are masters at taking long, serious subjects and reducing them to short, sharp comedies before you can say ‘Macbeth’.

Anyone who hated having the Bard droned into them during interminable school English lessons will love the show, while those who enjoy his plays will nonetheless love the revised versions too!

Short. Sharp doses of the Bard. With plenty of laughs. Are the hallmarks of the Reduced Shakespeare Company.Short. Sharp doses of the Bard. With plenty of laughs. Are the hallmarks of the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked up nine years in the West End.

The show does however come with (a number of) warnings: ‘This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders, outer-ear disorders, Shakespearean scholars, degrees in Elizabethan history and/or people inclined to motion sickness. The RSC cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers!’

Tickets and more information are available from 01271 324242 or visit www.northdevontheatres.org.uk.