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"Brevity is the soul of wit"

60 Hour Shakespeare’s mild inspiration is the rehearsal time available to actors in Shakespeare’s time. Acting companies might have had only one rehearsal before a performance and performed as many as 40 productions a year. Our company performs with professional and amateur actors from around the world, who are cast from open auditions, to raise money for charity.

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‘I saw a piece of theatrical bravura on Monday – a wonderful production of Hamlet, rehearsed and put together over just one weekend. The strong sense of movement created a special dynamic – you felt that almost anything could happen.’

Susan Creed, Henley Standard

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The Shakespeare Theatrical Universe

"The Shakespeare Theatrical Universe turns the original theatre practice of 60 Hour Shakespeare® inside out. Shakespeare wrote in parts and those parts, or cue scripts, told stories outside of the plays of which they are now a part. This year, the multiverse of Ophelia and Mercutio came to Reading Abbey Ruins with New Beginnings for the characters and the homeless."

Gavin Leigh (Artistic Director)

Watch As You Like ItOphelia and Mercutio on our YouTube channel soon.

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'The use of language was brilliant, and the performances throughout were spirited and in turns both hilarious and moving.'

Ali de Souza, Associate Head of Acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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