Complete Deaths.

A Spymonkey co-production with Brighton Festival and Royal & Derngate Northampton

The Complete Deaths

Adapted and Directed by TIM CROUCH

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Poignant and hilarious - a fabulous bloodbath


Brilliant virtuoso physical comedy

BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review

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 and Cleopatra. And then there’s the pie that Titus serves his guests.

Spymonkey (Oedipussy, Moby Dick, the comic Keystone Cops sequence in Festival 2015’s Mack & Mabel) 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.

Directed by Tim Crouch (I, Malvolio, An Oak Tree, Adler & Gibb), The Complete Deaths was created as a solemn, sombre and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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PROLOGUE tickets on sale
from 10 January

Cast & Creatives


  • Aitor Basauri

  • Stephan Kreiss

  • Petra Massey

  • Toby Park


Creative Team

Tim Crouch

Adaptor and Director

Lucy Bradridge


Toby Park

Original Music

Phil Supple

Lighting Designer



Extraordinary. Brilliant virtuoso physical comedy. Dark and disturbing. Hilarious

BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review

Completely and utterly joyous

Brighton Argus

A fabulous bloodbath. Poignant and hilarious


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

Daft, ingenious and ultimately deeply thoughtful

Financial Times

The Complete Deaths is a case of vigour mortis


A unique examination of mortality that – literally – buzzes with energy

Reviews Hub

Superb comic catalogue of Shakespearean murder and mayhem

The Arts Desk

Deathly fun… Unadulterated theatrical playfulness

A Younger Theatre