by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at The Old Rep
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) has landed at The Old Rep in Birmingham until Saturday 28th July and it is VERY, VERY SILLY! Performed by National Production Company this aims to cram every single Shakespeare play into just under 100 minutes.
Actors Tim, Andrew and Mark begin by presenting Romeo and Juliet followed by Titus Andronicus (Presented as a cookery show!) before moving on to a Rap version of Othello (!?) and the second half is largely made up of Hamlet.
So fact fans, Shakespeare was first performed in modern clothing on The Old Rep stage (when it was Birmingham Repertory Theatre) the irony that famous faces such as Derek Jacobi and Laurence Olivier have been on this very stage is not lost on this reviewer.
The show has many Edinburgh Fringe qualities to it and there is a lot to love about the warmth of these performers with plenty of audience interaction even if there’s a few dodgy wigs and even more dodgy accents (We know a bad Brummie accent when we see one.)
I found myself smiling throughout at the daftness of it all and I’d urge you to drag a friend along for a night out at the Old Rep.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is at The Old Rep until Saturday 28th July book tickets here.
This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was kindly given review tickets by The Old Rep to see this performance.