Complete Deaths / December newsletter


Dear friends,

We are delighted to announce that The Complete Deaths will have its world premiere at Brighton Festival in May 2016, a co-production for the Festival’s 50th celebrations.

Our solemn, sombre and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death will be on tour from May to October 2016. Full UK tour details will be announced soon.

This will also be our fifth co-production with the great people at Royal & Derngate Northampton where we are looking forward to building and previewing the show before its Brighton opening.

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

All the onstage deaths in Shakespeare performed by “four of the greatest clowns working in Britain” (Time Out)

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Developed at The Other Place at the RSC, and supported by the MA Dramatic Writing Lab at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins.

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.

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+

Performed by Spymonkey:
Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey & Toby Park
Adapted and Directed by Tim Crouch
Designed by Lucy Bradridge
Video Design by Sam Bailey
Lighting Design by Phil Supple
Original Music by Toby Park
Choreography by Theo Clinkard and Janine Fletcher
Assistant Director Lucy Skilbeck
Voice Coach Nia Lynn
Stage Manager Andy McCabe
Produced by Emily Coleman

More details on the show web page.



The Times last Thursday morning carried a full-page spread on The Complete Deaths, with interviews with director Tim Crouch, and comments from Michael Dobson from the Shakespeare Institute – Shakespeare’s bloodiest show: 74 characters die in one play

Spymonkey’s Toby Park was interviewed by Colin Paterson for BBC RADIO4 6 O’CLOCK NEWS for a segment:

UK press picked up on the story on their online editions:

THE TELEGRAPH: Shakespeare’s 74 Death Scenes in a Single Play More Gory Than Game of Thrones

THE DAILY MAIL: The bloodiest Shakespeare play ever: New production to feature all 74 of the Bard’s on-stage deaths in one show

….and the story picked up by various international news outlets including:

China Post:
Sputnik Russia:
El Comercio Ecuador:

And finally this Telegraph comment piece is a hilarious example of the news cycle eating itself, a journalist getting irate about something that nobody has seen yet: “Shakespeare doesn’t deserve this monstering.”


Our DVD box sets are continuing to add to the net sum of human happiness. If there’s someone in your life who could do with a bit of a cheering up do check out our online shop. They make excellent Christmas presents and look extremely sophisticated as coffee table ornaments, conversation pieces or flood defences.

We’ve recently overhauled our website. It’s looking rather swanky so do check it out:


The excellent Sam Bailey, videographer on The Complete Deaths and alumnus of our masterclasses, has been directing Graeme of Thrones for Leicester Square Theatre which has its first preview tonight Tuesday 8th Dec. Toby has been lending some help with music and contributing to the writing. See it now before the inevitable law suit, it runs through to 10th January before it tours to Australia, US and UK later in 2016.

We are just confirming our March masterclasses in the US. LA is the only one currently taking bookings, but we will update our website pages as soon as the others go online.
Los Angeles 29th Feb – 4 March at The Clown School
Honolulu 7 – 11 March
Las Vegas 14 – 18 March at Vegas Theatre Hub

Stay safe, stay free,
Toby Park
Managing Artistic Director
The Old Market, Upper Market St, Hove BN3 1AS UK
mob +44 7766 712757

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