The Complete Shakespeare in 97 Minutes

Rebecca Varidel
22nd Jan 2020

Yes, you read right. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Abridged. With a few liberties. For lovers of Shakespeare everywhere.

Shakespeare may be turning in his grave, but this show (which has become a cult classic) contains all 37 of his plays - and sonnets - in just 97 minutes!

Described by the Los Angeles Herald as “Shakespeare written by Reader's Digest, acted by Monty Python and performed at the speed of the minute waltz”, this hilarious binge of Bard - coming to Sydney courtesy of Lane Cove Theatre Company - is part parody, part tribute, part party trick!

As the comedies aren’t anywhere near as funny as the tragedies, all sixteen have been condensed into ‘Four Weddings and a Transvestite’, the history plays are transformed into a game of football, Othello is performed in rap and Titus Andronicus becomes a TV cookery programme.

For the finale, Hamlet is staged first as a psychological exploration of Hamlet’s Ego and Ophelia’s Id, then performed in a matter of minutes and, for the finale, performed backwards.

by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield; directed by Jess Davis
7 - 22 February 2020 Friday, Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 2pm
The Performance Space @ St Aidan's, Christina Street, Longueville
Tickets $27 / $22 conc / $20 groups $10+ / add $6 cheeseplate