The Complete Deaths

The Complete Deaths

Spymonkey & Tim Crouch

All the onstage deaths in Shakespeare performed by “four of the greatest clowns working in Britain” (Time Out).

There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare – 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus. From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra. And then there’s the pie that Titus serves his guests.

Spymonkey will perform them all – sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The four ‘seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns’ (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.

Adapted and directed by Tim Crouch (I, Malvolio, An Oak Tree, The Author), The Complete Deaths will be a solemn, sombre and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Poignant and hilarious – a fabulous bloodbath

★★★★ The Observer

Daft, ingenious and ultimately deeply thoughtful

★★★★ Financial Times

Brilliantly ridiculous – Inspired pairing of Spymonkey and Tim Crouch

★★★★ The Stage

The Four Horsemen of the Ridiculypse – Fearless physicality and pin-sharp comic timing

★★★★ Libby Purves

Completely and utterly joyous

★★★★★ The Argus

Superb comic catalogue of Shakespearean murder and mayhem

★★★★★ The Arts Desk

Deathly fun…The Complete Deaths is unadulterated theatrical playfulness.

★★★★★ A Younger Theatre

Click here for Tim Crouch’s Mayfest blog, and click here for our interview with performer Petra Massey.

The Complete Deaths is a Spymonkey co-production with Brighton Festival and Royal & Derngate Northampton.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by the MA Dramatic Writing Lab at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins. Developed at The Other Place at the RSC.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Start Date
May 17, 2016
End Date
May 18, 2016
Running Time
90 mins plus interval
Age Guidance
Box Office Number
0117 987 7877
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