Sunday, 9 February 2014

Reduced Shakespeare Company Presents The Bible (theatre)

I learned something both interesting and topical from a 400 year old book recently. The New Art Of Writing Plays by Lope de Vega (currently 77p on Kindle!), discusses whether "the wrath of a seated Spaniard is immoderate, when in two hours there is not presented to him everything from Genesis to the Last Judgment". de Vega was writing about Medieval mystery plays in the early 1600s and, now, The Reduced Shakespeare Company are bringing their similar expansive vision to Eastbourne!

The American company is famous for their unbelievably condensed versions of subjects such as histories of Comedy, Sports, America and, of course, Shakespeare. This performance is one in a three-month long, sixty-town UK tour and several of the other town's shows are already sold out so don't delay your booking too long.

"It’s Apocalypse Now as the three cultural guerrillas of The Reduced Shakespeare Company set their reductive sites on the good book with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Can bolts of lightning be far behind? It’s an affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgment as the boys 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?

Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Sat 8th Mar, 19:30.
Tickets £17 adults, £15 concessions, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person from the Box Office.