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Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired (Abridged)
Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor (of the Reduced Shakespeare Company)
£11.99 hardback Hyperion (2006)
"So what do you need to know about Shakespeare?
Just this: the entire Shakespeare industry consists of people simply guessing about who Shakespeare was and what he wrote. Not knowing much about Shakespeare's life hasn't stopped everyone from cashing in, filling in the blanks with scholarly supposition when they can, and simply making it up when they can't.
It's a shocking record, and we're proud to be part of it."
From the Reduced Shakespeare Company - the theatre troupe whose side-splitting production The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was the longest-running comedy in London - comes an openly hysterical, yet surprisingly informative, guide to everything you always wanted to know about Shakespeare - but couldn't be bothered to ask.
Believe it or not, Shakespeare's plays were the summer blockbusters of his day - everyone loved them, from royalty to ragamuffins. The Reduced Shakespeare Company takes Shakespeare off his pedestal and puts the fun back into the work of the greatest playwright the world has ever known - and teaches you something while they're at it!
In one slim volume, Reduced Shakespeare delivers the plays, the life, and the legend in twelve easy pieces. What's the theme of Hamlet? Poop or get off the pot. What's essential preparation for an evening of outdoor Shakespeare? Bring lots of coffee - and use the bathroom before the show. Liberally sprinkled with lists. definitions, quizzes, essential vocabulary, and the Reduced Shakespeare Company's trademark irreverance and wit, this "reduced" handbook will delight enthusiasts, skeptics, and fledgling fans alike.
ISBN 13: 9781401302207 | ISBN 10: 1401302203
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