The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

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Whilst visiting York, which is incidentally one of the most romantic places I’ve been to, I was thrilled that I was going to watch a Shakespeare-related play. It is refreshing to see what new takes on his plays are offered by directors and performers.

Which is what The Complete Works of Shakespeare promised and indeed delivered: a hilarious and side-splitting performance where the audience was engaged and involved more than I’ve seen before. From the get-go which was a surprising ‘prologue’ to an equally original ending, I was laughing heartily and this took place for pretty much the entire thing. I won’t reveal anything in detail but a bit of a spoiler alert – they do manage to squeeze it all in, in case you were wondering. So if you’re a Shakespeare fan and in the UK between now and August, check out the site The Royal Reduced Shakespeare Company and you might get a chance to laugh your heart out (last stop is in London – no surprise there – for the grand finale). And once you watch it, there is a risk that you may not see Shakespeare in the same light again – at least that is the impression I had coming out of the theatre!

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