Reduced Shakespeare Company not short on laughs at Durham Gala

FUNNY MEN: The Reduced Shakespeare Company.
FUNNY MEN: The Reduced Shakespeare Company.

PREPARE to have your ribs tickled as the Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to the region on February 4.

Following a successful, critically acclaimed season at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the company is setting out to reduce the UK to tears of laughter on a spring tour.

From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin.

From cavemen telling “rock rock” jokes to Chris Rock and everything in-between, the company leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies.

Since 1981, “The Bad Boys of Abridgement” have created nine stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots and numerous radio pieces.

The company’s first three shows, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) enjoyed a nine-year run at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus.

Not only were they London’s longest-running comedies, but at one point the Reduced Shakespeare Company had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The company were last seen on a four month tour of the UK and Ireland with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) at the start of 2014. Prior to this the “other RSC” were wowing the UK with their highly successful Complete World of Sports (abridged).

* For tickets, priced £16, contact the box office on Tel. 03000 266600.