Comic look at the world of sport

Reduced Shakespeare Company.

Reduced Shakespeare Company.

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THE acclaimed Reduced Shakespeare Company will be making two visits to the area to perform their latest show, The Complete World Of Sports (abridged).

The show features every sport ever played on every continent in the entire history of the world in under two hours.

Just in time for the Olympic frenzy, and following a highly successful US tour and run in New York, the Reduced Shakespeare Company are back in the UK with the European premiere of The Complete World of Sports (abridged).

It can be seen at Nottingham Playhouse on June 22 and 23, and Derby’s Assembly Rooms on July 4.

The entire history of athletic competition is revisited in a marathon of madness and mayhem that sees the world’s great sporting events shrunk down to theatrical size.

Among the many questions answered: Is darts really a sport? What does NASCAR stand for? Why do Americans insist on calling a contest in which only they compete the “World Series”? Which is more boring – baseball or cricket? Who invented wife-carrying, bog-snorkelling and cheese-rolling? And why aren’t they in the Olympics?

Whether it’s the ancient cavemen or the Classical Greeks, the Romans, the Elizabethans or the modern sports media, The Complete World of Sports (abridged) brings you all the emotion, the drama and the random drug testing of sports…

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 Bad Boys of Abridgement’ have created eight stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, heard and translated into Klingon the world over.

Ticket details for the Nottingham shows are available on 0115 9419419 and for the Derby show on 01332 255800.