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The hilarious struggle of three actors to stage the works of Shakespeare forms the basis of the latest CADOS production at Chorley Little Theatre.

In The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) performers Steven Catterall, Andrew Kidd and Steve Unsworth attempt to act out all of the Bard’s 37 plays, playing dozens of characters as they race through the full works.

The show is fun for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike, as Titus Andronicus is recreated as a cooking show, the Histories are done as a football match, and there’s an attempt at the world’s fastest performance of Hamlet.

The play was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1987, then ran for nine years in London’s West End and has been performed all over the world.

Director Sean Duxbury recently won awards for directing the comedy The 39 Steps at Chorley Little Theatre and brings the same fast-paced irreverence to this show, with speedy costume changes, crazy props, songs and improvisation.

Making up the cast, Andrew Kidd and Steve Unsworth are long-time CADOS actors, known for The 39 Steps, Allo Allo, Two and Bouncers between them. Panto regular Steven Catterall is also a long-time member of improvisation group ComedySportz and brings that experience to the show.

These madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in just 97 minutes, plus interval.

Tickets are £6 Monday to Wednesday, £8 Thursday to Saturday from www.chorleytheatre.com or Malcolms Musicland 01257 264362.