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The Complete Deaths

The Complete Deaths

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 opened in May 2016 at Brighton Festival to acclaim from audiences and critics alike, and has been delighting audiences around the world since then – a solemn, sombre, life-affirming and sublimely funny tribute to Shakespeare and death.

★★★★ “A fabulous bloodbath” The Observer

★★★★★ “The funniest show about slaughter you’ll ever see” Exeunt

“Extraordinary. Brilliant virtuoso physical comedy. Dark and disturbing. Hilarious” BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review

★★★★ “Inspired pairing of Spymonkey and Tim Crouch” The Stage

★★★★ “The Four Horsemen of the Ridiculypse” Libby Purves

★★★★ “Maestros – Daft, ingenious and ultimately deeply thoughtful” Financial Times



Touring Information

THE COMPLETE DEATHS opened at Brighton Festival on 12th May 2016.


International dates included:

Istanbul International Festival

Vicenza Festival Italy

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Hradec Kralove Festival, Czech Republic


UK tour dates included:

Shoreditch Town Hall London

Northampton Royal & Derngate

Bristol Old Vic

Oxford Playhouse

Hall For Cornwall

Nottingham Playhouse

Derby Theatre

Liverpool Playhouse

Hull Truck

Contact Manchester

Warwick Arts Centre

Nuffield Southampton

Chichester Festival Theatre


Performed by Spymonkey: Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey & Toby Park

Adapted and directed by Tim Crouch

Created by Tim Crouch & Spymonkey

Designed by Lucy Bradridge

Lighting design by Phil Supple

Music by Toby Park

Choreography by Theo Clinkard / Janine Fletcher

Video design Sam Bailey

Assistant Director Lucy Skilbeck

Voice Coach Nia Lynn for RSC

Production Management Mat Ort

Technical Manager Reg Scott

Stage Manager Andy McCabe

design intern Dolly Nelly Grey

lighting design associate Anna Barrett

QLab programmer Andrew Croft

Scenery, set painting and costuming by ROYAL & DERNGATE WORKSHOPS and facilitated by technical teams. Special thanks to wardrobe supervisor Rebecca Rees and assistant Tamsyn Payne

graphic design by Toby Park

Studio Photography John Hunter / RULER

Photo shoot wardrobe by Emma Wreyford

Make-up by Sharon Wilmore

Illustrations Chris Riddell

Additional Pyramus bagpipe music by Rohan Kriwaczek

Video Gallery


Unit 7b Level 3 North, New England House,
New England St, Brighton BN1 4GH


Spymonkey is resident ensemble company at Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

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