Media Release: The joke’s on Shakespeare at the Gaiety in Ayr

Reduced Shakespeare

THE West End’s longest-running comedy is heading for the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company present ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)’ – an irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays – on Wednesday June 19.

The Gaiety show is one of just three dates in Scotland on the group’s six-month UK tour.

Having clocked up nine years at the Criterion Theatre in London, the 2013 show has been revised.

“We’ve got the same recycled jokes – just put in a different order,” says director, Reed Martin.

Formed in 1981, this US comedy troupe take long serious subjects and reduce them to short sharp comedies. These ‘Bad Boys of Abridgement’ have created eight stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, heard and translated into Klingon the world over.

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield and directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, this masterpiece of classical comedy features the talents of two ‘RSC’ veterans, Matt Rippy and Gary Fannin and two newcomers, Matt Pearson and Benjamin Stratton.

These madcap men in tights will weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild 97 minute ride.

Gaiety artistic director, Vince Hope, said: “The Reduced Shakespeare Company have had audiences on both sides of the Atlantic rolling in the aisles for many years and we are delighted to welcome them to Ayr Gaiety. As the Today Show in the US once said: “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show.””

The Reduced Shakespeare Company present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr on Wednesday, June 19 at 7.30pm.

Tickets: £16/£14(conc)


Caption: The Reduced Shakespeare Company is heading for Ayr Gaiety.

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