Spymonkey and Tim Crouch


Adapted and Directed by Tim Crouch

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Spymonkey and Tim Crouch

The Complete Deaths

Adapted and Directed by 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.

They range 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; from Pyramus and Thisbe to young Macduff. There are countless stabbings, plenty of severed heads, some poisonings, two mobbings and a smothering. Enorbarbus just sits in a ditch and dies from grief. And then there’s the pie that Titus serves the Queen of the Goths.

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, Adler & Gibb) and designed by Spymonkey regular Lucy Bradridge, The Complete Deaths will be a solemn, sombre and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Age suitability 14+


Lucy Bradridge


Phil Supple

Lighting Designer

Toby Park

Original Music

Theo Clinkard


Janine Fletche


Sam Bailey

Video design

Lucy Skilbeck

Assistant Director

Nia Lynn

Voice Coach

Mat Ort

Production Manager

Andy McCabe

Stage Manager

Emily Coleman



Aitor Basauri

Stephan Kreiss

Petra Massey

Toby Park

‘a fabulous bloodbath’

The Guardian

‘wonderfully macabre salute to Shakespeare’

The Stage

‘two hours of deathly fun’

A Younger Theatre