The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) will open Boardmore Theatre’s 45th Season of Plays. Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield and directed by Mike McPhee, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is one of the world’s most frequently produced plays and its humour has been translated into several different languages. This production, opening Thursday, features Lindsay Thompson, Wayne McKay, and Aaron Corbett.
“I have been sitting in on some rehearsals for this play and I can say that this is the funniest play I have ever seen. This is a romp of non-stop hilarious action by three of the best comedic actors in Cape Breton,” says Todd Hiscock, Director, Boardmore Theatre.
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.
Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.
Show tickets are available at the CBU Playhouse Box Office, Monday to Friday from 1-5 pm and one hour before show time. The box office will open one week prior to performance and during the week of the production. Tickets are $15 general; $10 students and seniors; and $8 CBU students. The show runs November 19-21 and November 27-28 at 7 pm, November 29 at 2 pm.