Review: The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

The Reduced Shakespeare Company
The Reduced Shakespeare Company
Katherine Ryan

REVIEW: Katherine Ryan at the Portsmouth Guildhall

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On a one-night-only stop at the Kings Theatre, the Reduced Shakespeare Company played the updated revival of their third collaborative piece which, I am pleased to report, maintains its original pace and irreverence.

The hugely-engaging cast of three – Richard Ede, David Ellis and William Meredith – sing, dance and act their way from Genesis to Revelation in an hour-and-a-half.

The second act – the New Testament – is the more successful, possibly because the stories are more familiar, but a lot of the clever stuff comes in the first act.

The explanation of the difference between Elijah and Elisha is joyous and the conversation between Abraham and God is brilliant.

Act Two, however, is where most offence could be found.

That said, this is also where the cast mine most of the humour. The section where Christ performs miracles is inspired and – strangely – powerfully satirical as well as just plain funny.

If they head this way again – catch them.