Summer 2014:
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

A Message from the Colonial Theatre Trustees:

Thank you to everybody who came to see The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)!

Audience says…

“Wonderful performance last night! Our whole family enjoyed it very much! The kids are asking to see it again and our 3 year old said ‘That was awesome!’.”

“I’ll be back Friday! With more friends! I’m excited!”

“We had the most magical ‘summer night in the park’ on Tuesday! First introduction for my 8 year old son, to Shakespeare. And he giggled his pants off thru the entire show! He even said, ‘I want to do what they do!!!!’ Thank you, you guys were hilarious!!! It was like Shakespeare, Monty Python style!”

“My daughter and I enjoyed the show Sun night. I know she didn’t laugh once covering Shakespeare in school. Way more fun watching it. Thanks guys! Keep up great work.”

“It was a fantastic performance as usual! Thank you!”

“Awesome show tonight – thanks for pulling me up on stage”

“Coming back tonight because the show was so amazing last night. And I’m bringing friends. I love Shakespeare in the park.”

Items available to purchase are T-shirts for $17 and Mugs for $10.

Buy them together for only $23!!

Shirt Mug

Thank you to our 2014 Corporate Sponsors:

Pfizer Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Town of Westerly Westerly Public Library - Wilcox Park

Thank you to our one performance sponsors:

Chelsea Groton Bank Olde Mistick Village


This summer, The Colonial Theatre will give their audiences Shakespeare like they’ve never had him before.  A small band of intrepid players will take the crowd on a whirlwind tour that will leave them breathless and rolling in the aisles with laughter.  Laughter like they’ve never imagined possible at a “cultural” event.  This hilarious journey through the works of The Bard is known as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

The piece is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 plays and 154 sonnets in just 96 minutes. Improvisation plays an active role, and it is common for the actors to veer from the script and break into spontaneous conversations about the material with each other and the audience.  An audience member is even recruited for the part of Ophelia during a rendition of Hamlet that will change the way you think about the gloomy Dane and his twisted family.  There may be references to pop culture, local people and the neighborhood.  Each performance is entertainingly different, even with the same cast.

A thorough knowledge of the works of Shakespeare is absolutely not a requirement to enjoy this adventure in the classics.  Everything an audience needs to know about the plays is spelled right out in delicious detail.  The well-timed physical comedy and ribald humor confirm for all that Shakespeare’s place isn’t on a dusty academician’s shelf, but out on stage entertaining people.  Much more than just a clever send up, and delightfully accessible to all, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a celebration of Shakespeare’s genius.