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REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
The Reduced Shakespeare Company: All the Great Books
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Since its origins as a pass-the-hat act at California renaissance faires in 1981, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has created five world-renowned stage shows, four TV programs, and numerous radio pieces. The company's many international performances include stops at the White House, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Montreal's famed "Just For Laughs Festival", the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Israel Theatre Festival, extensive overseas tours to Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Israel, Singapore, Bermuda, and Great Britain, and countless civic and university venues from Alaska to Florida and Hawaii to Maine.

The company's first two shows, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Complete History of America (abridged) are officially London's longest-running comedies, having played in rep at the Criterion Theatre in the West End since 1996. In 2003, The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) joins the London rotation, giving the RSC more shows in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The company also applied its fast, funny, and physical approach to World History in Western Civilization: The Complete Musical (abridged) (originally titled The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged)), which premiered in 1998 and toured the U.S., the U.K., and Australia with three different casts throughout 1999 and 2000. And in All The Great Books (abridged), the "other RSC" returns to its literary roots with a comically condensed compendium of the World's Greatest Literature.

For television, the RSC filmed Reduced Shakespeare, a live performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) for PBS. They also wrote and starred in The Ring Reduced, a half-hour version of Wagner's epic Ring Cycle, for Channel 4, as well as reducing the Edinburgh Festival for the BBC and the soap opera Glenroe for RTE Ireland. The guys are currently developing several TV projects, and have appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC's Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, CNN's Showbiz This Week, and New Zealand's Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (they lost). They also provided voices for Steven Spielberg's animated film Balto.

The RSC's six-part radio series The Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show aired in 1994 on the BBC World Service. They also wrote Gone With The Wind II - Scarlet Fever for the BBC. In America, the RSC are frequent contributors to National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and their holiday special The Reduced Shakespeare Company Christmas is broadcast annually on Public Radio International.

The RSC has also branched out into Corporate Events, creating specialized entertainments for such international companies as Time Magazine, Motorola, and Reed Smith LLP. A feature film is in the works.

 

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Watch a trailer for “Completely Hollywood (abridged)”:
It's the Greatest Hollywood Blockbuster Never Made! The "Bad Boys of Abridgment" are back with Completely Hollywood (abridged), reducing 175 movies in 100 minutes, and condensing every cliché from every movie ever made into an evening of "stellar shtick."



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