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The Reduced Shakespeare Company: All the Great Books

Reduced Shakespeare Company

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.

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  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company: All the Great Books
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