The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) or The Compleat Wrks of Willm Shkspr (Abridged)


Writers: Jess Winfield Adam Long Daniel Singer


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Comedy, Parody, Farce
Simple/No Set, Unit/Single Set
Cast Size
Ideal for
fringe festivals, high school, college / university theatre, regional theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult characters


How on earth can three men do the impossible: act through Shakespeare’s entire canon-37 plays- in 97 minutes? By summarizing the canon through football plays, rap songs, and outrageously condensed, comedy mash-up titles (like Four Weddings and a Transvestite), of course! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) hilariously summarizes all of Shakespeare’s plays, using reenactments and audience participation. It is famous for holding the (self-proclaimed) record for the shortest production of Hamlet at 43 seconds. An extremely popular play that ran in London for nine years and has enjoyed countless productions in various languages playing throughout the world, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) entertains and teaches audiences  facts about Shakespeare while ensuring them a rollicking good time.


*Note: While this is a summary of characters types that are written in the script, the authors stress that The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a highly improvisational piece and the actors can change things according to their personalities, contemporary popular references, and/or the nature of the target audience.

Lead Characters