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Pray that you don't miss this Biblical tale (abridged)!



Perview by Paul Nelson

AFTER a tremendously successful UK tour last year, which I reported to Indielondon before the event, the RSC (that's The Reduced Shakespeare Company) is presenting its new show The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged).

It joins the two shows already in residence at the theatre, The Complete History of America (abridged) and the mother of the shows (probably of all successful mad shows) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

The latter has now been in residence at The Criterion for eight years, I will repeat that, eight, which makes it London's longest running comedy. Not bad for a show that was originally booked for three months only as a filler. What is more, the booking period for the show(s) has been extended yet again, this time to September of this year.

The history of the new show is a strange case of happenstance. While on tour they found a book in a hotel room, read it, probably aloud to each other, and then created their third show. In this new production, the RSC gallop from Eve to Exodus, through the Epistles, the Apostles and the Gospels from fig leaf to final judgement.

They explore deep meaningful theological topics such as: Was Jesus a good carpenter? Did Adam and Eve have navels?

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is a high-speed romp through all 37 of Shakespeare's plays (and 154 sonnets) in 97 minutes presented by three men in tights.

The Complete History of America (abridged) offers a delightful mutilation of 500 years on 5,000 seconds from Columbus to Bush and everything in between. It is the ultimate history lesson, reminding us that it's not the length of your history that matters - it's what you've done with it.

Now, let the bad boys of abridgement save you from damnation as they deliver chapter and verse this tribute to the Good Book, The Bible.

See this show, or go to hell! Be you saint or sinner, go and redeem yourself!

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), by Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor and Adam Long. Directed by Adam Long WITH: Michael O'Connor, John Schwab, Kyle Dadd, Richard Lynson. Produced by Mark Goucher, ACT Productions at the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, London WC2. Tickets 020 7413 1437

Performance Schedule
Tuesday, 8pm - The Complete History of America (abridged)
Wednesday, 8pm - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Thursday, 3pm - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Thursday, 8pm - The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)
Friday, 8pm - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Saturday, 5pm - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Saturday, 8pm - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Sunday, 4pm - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

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