Short, but not on laughs

The Reduced Shakespeare Company brings its irreverent style to the Kings Theatre with The Bible: The Complete Word Of God (Abridged).
The Reduced Shakespeare Company brings its irreverent style to the Kings Theatre with The Bible: The Complete Word Of God (Abridged).
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Following the sell-out success of their 2013 UK tour, it’s apocalypse now as the three cultural guerrillas of the Reduced Shakespeare Company bring The Bible: The Complete Word Of God (Abridged) to the Kings Theatre, Southsea.

It’s an affectionate, irreverent rollercoaster ride from fig leaves to final judgment as ‘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 or Jedi, you will be tickled by the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s romp through old-time religion.

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 company has created eight stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots and numerous radio pieces.

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, making them London’s longest-running comedies and at one point ‘the other RSC’ had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The show starts tonight at 7.30pm. Tickets: £16.50. Call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kings-southsea.com for details.