The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to The Atkinson

The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to The Atkinson

This week The Atkinson welcomes back The Reduced Shakespeare Company who set their reductive sites on the good book with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged).

Can bolts of lightning be far behind?

Yes, it’s an affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgment as the ‘The Bad Boys of Abridgement’ tackle the great theological questions: Did Adam and Eve have navels? Did Moses really look like Charlton Heston? And why isn’t the word “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds?

Whether you are Catholic or Atheist, Muslim or Jew, Protestant, Atheist or Jedi, you will be tickled by the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s romp through old time religion.

Remember… Someone is watching.

“This is a slick, fast, very funny show.”  Sunday Times

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 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.


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. Some of them were funnier too…


Prior to their 2013 tour the “other RSC” were last seen in the UK with their highly successful Complete World of Sports (abridged) which toured the country before completing a season in London’s West End during the 2012 Olympics.


“In a league of their own when it comes to vivid originality…they have sublime moments of surreal theatricality. Sly minds are at work throughout.” Daily Mail


The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) at The Atkinson – Sefton’s new home of art, literature, music, history and more on Friday 4 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 (£13 concessions).


Tickets are available to book online at or through the Box Office on 01704 533333. Tickets are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours.



The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents:

 The Bible:The Complete Word of God (abridged)

Friday 4 April


Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions)


*Please be advised that there is a £2 booking fee for telephone and online sales.


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Posted on 24 March 2014 under General news

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