Reduced Shakespeare

The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired (Abridged)

By Reed Martin; Austin Tichenor
(Hyperion, Hardcover, 9781401302207, 256pp.)

Publication Date: July 2006

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From the theater troupe whose sidesplitting production The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] is the longest-running comedy in London's history comes an openly hysterical, yet surprisingly informative, guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the Bard of Avon

Love Shakespeare? You'll like this book. Hate Shakespeare? You'll love this book. From the theatrical company that has been cutting the Bard down to size for more than a dozen years comes a single volume boasting everything you always wanted to know about William Shakespeare's life and work--but couldn't be bothered to ask.

In one slim volume, Reduced Shakespeare delivers the plays, the life, and the legend in twelve easy pieces. What's the theme of Hamlet? Poop or get off the pot. What's essential preparation for an evening of outdoor Shakespeare? Bring lots of coffee . . . and use the bathroom before the show. Liberally sprinkled with lists, definitions, quizzes, essential vocabulary, and the Reduced Shakespeare Company's trademark irreverence and wit, this "reduced" handbook will delight enthusiasts, skeptics, and fledgling fans alike.




About the Author

Begun as a pass-the-hat act at California renaissance fairs, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has gone on to create six world-renowned stage shows, four TV programs, and numerous radio pieces. The company has performed at such venerable institutions as the White House, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center. Its flagship show, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), was London's longest-running comedy, having been performed in the West End for almost ten years. Managing Partners Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor have written and performed the company's wildly successful stage shows since 1989, and their scripts have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Both have performed extensively in the United States, Ireland, and Great Britain. They live in California.

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