The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] Opens This Friday! - Archived

20170130CompleteShakespeare005b (1)February 17-19 and 24-26, 2017 at The Cary Theater 122 E. Chatham Street 

Cary Players presents a side-splitting glimpse of all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in just 90 minutes!  It’s a bit irreverent if you’re a true scholar, but over-the-top fun, even if all you know of the Bard is from reading Romeo and Juliet in ninth grade!  Check out a sneak-peak video of the fun on Cary Players Facebook page!

Crafted by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is face-paced re-creation of The Bard’s most memorable moments, enacted by a cast of only three actors, with the help of a top-notch team of backstage dressers!  Under the direction of Nancy Rich, Lorelei Lemon, Daryl Ray Carliles and Greg Guiliano tread the board and draw their swords in front of the audience, while Julie Crawford, Julie Weber and Ami Kirk-Jones assist with the quick changes behind the scenes.

Add Steve Whetzel’s stage combat skill to the mix, and clever props designed by Ami Kirk-Jones, and costumes created by Carol Love and audiences are due for an evening of laughter, and just perhaps a bit of education!  Shakespearian humor can be a bit bawdy at times.  The show is recommended for teens and adults.

Meet the cast in a fun-filled video at

The Venue:  The intimate Cary Theater creates a nice opportunity for the actors to play off of audience reactions, much like in a comedy club. Audience participation and ad libs make every show unique. There will be a 15-minute intermission and concessions are available for purchase at BREW, just off the lobby of The Cary Theatre.

Tickets: Advance tickets are $20.00 for adults and $18.00 for students and seniors. (All tickets at the door are $20.00.) The rate for groups of 10 or more is $17.00. For group sales, contact the Cary Art Center box office at (919) 462-2051.  To order tickets online from Etix, visit (Service charges apply.)

Tickets may be purchased at these box office locations:

The Cary Theatre – 122 E. Chatham Street
Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
One hour prior to show time on performance dates

Cary Arts Center – 101 Dry Avenue
Mondays: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Fridays, February 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, February 18 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, February 19 and 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Parking:  Parking adjacent to the theater is very limited. Additional parking is available in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Waldo Street and S. Walker Street, along E. Cedar Street and on the Cary Town Hall campus.