If you’re looking for a night of laughter, wit, and a generous serving of Bard-inspired brilliance, look no further than our current production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] (again)! Wondering what makes this show an absolute must-see? Buckle up as we take you through the top three reasons to grab those tickets faster than you can say “to be or not to be…”

Reason 1: Women Power!

We’ve Got an All-FEMALE Cast

Yes, you heard that right! Picture this: Shakespeare’s iconic characters brought to life with a twist—our entire cast is made up of talented, fierce women. From Hamlet to Juliet, and even a dash of Lady Macbeth, these ladies are here to show you a Shakespearean world like you’ve never seen before. Forget traditional casting norms; we’re breaking barriers and bringing fresh perspectives to the stage. You won’t just witness the works of Shakespeare—you’ll experience them through the lens of female empowerment and artistic prowess.

Reason 2: Perfect for Shakespeare Newbies and Family Fun


Ever wanted to introduce your friends, family, or that Shakespeare-skeptical co-worker to the magic of the Bard? Look no further! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] (again) is your golden ticket. This isn’t your grandma’s stuffy Shakespeare; it’s a hilarious romp through all 38 plays in just 97 minutes (yes, we counted!) Whether you’re a seasoned Shakespeare aficionado or a newbie to the iambic pentameter scene, our show promises belly laughs, witty banter, and a crash course in the greatest hits of English literature. It’s Shakespeare served up with a side of comedy and a dollop of accessibility—perfect for everyone from age 9 to 99!

Reason 3: No Director? No Problem!

Our Cast Brings Their Entire Selves to the Stage

Here’s the scoop: we like to do things a little differently around here. With no director at the helm, our incredible cast has the creative freedom to bring their unique talents, personalities, and interpretations to every scene. What does this mean for you, our dear audience? It means you’re in for a theatrical rollercoaster ride of spontaneity, surprise, and sheer entertainment. Each performance is a fresh, vibrant take on Shakespeare’s timeless tales, infused with the passion and energy of our talented performers. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be dazzled!

So, there you have it, folks! Whether you’re a die-hard Shakespeare fan looking for a new twist on your favorite classics or someone curious to dip their toes into the world of the Shakespeare for the first time, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] (again) promises an unforgettable evening of laughter, creativity, and celebration of women in theatre. Grab your tickets, bring your friends, and get ready to experience Shakespeare like never before. We’ll see you at the Playhouse—don’t be late, the show must go WR(ON)G!

Join the American Shakespeare Center for the final performances of our 2024 Spring Season at the Blackfriars PlayhousePride and Prejudice, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The repertory season closes on June 9. Check out our full calendar of events and book your tickets today!

All photos feature the 2024 cast: Allie Babich, Jenny Bennett, and Ginna Hoben. Photographer is October Grace Media.

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