Nothing is Sacred in ‘Complete Works of William Shakespeare’

A clever parody that will please Cliffs Notes fans of all ages, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), recreates all 37 of William Shakespeare’s plays in less than 100 minutes on stage at the Delaware Theatre Company — now through December 23.

Considered to be the greatest writer that ever lived, Shakespeare might find himself laughing as much as any other theater goer at this popular comedy. Three intrepid actors perform a range of Shakespearean characters in this fast-paced romp through the Bard’s collection of master works. The actors weave their way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in a wild performance that will leave you breathless with laughter. Various dialects, hilarious accents and surprising impersonations round out an enjoyable theater experience.

“Complete Works” wowed DTC audiences 10 years ago and has been the most performed stage parody across there country for the last 20 years. (The play written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987.) In fact, when Delaware Theatre Company Executive Director Bud Martin came to the theatre in 2012, he noted that the highest grossing DTC show prior to his arrival was “Complete Works.” 

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