Those too sniffy to find The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) rib-tickling will be more at home with the Reduced Shakespeare Company's follow-up show. So is the company; they are more finely attuned here to which allusions need to be made. The mandatory PC references – to the horrors of slavery and corporatism – are neither obtrusive nor trivialised. The final film noir sequence spanning WWII to the present is dizzying; baby boomers will see their entire lives flash before their eyes.
Written for The Independent.
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