Shakespeare in a hurry

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 March, 2004, 12:00am

'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)' is a hysterical, high-speed romp through the Bard's work. Don't go expecting a serious, highbrow performance - how could it be? With just three actors and 37 plays to get through in 97 minutes, there is a lot of ground to cover and allowances are made.

Originally performed by the RSC - that's the Reduced Shakespeare Company, not the Royal - this tribute in the guise of a spoof is the longest-running comedy at London's West End. This performance is done by an Australian cast - Ezra Bix, Berynn Schwerdt and Tim Schwerdt - and has been touring for four years, but they've done their homework and manage to slip in local colour with references to Lan Kwai Fong and bird flu.

The high-energy show kicks off with Romeo and Juliet and ends with Hamlet. The show runs until March 13 at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Drama Theatre. Tickets: $395, $295 and $195 from HK Ticketing on 3128 8288.