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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: “The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged)” Offers Hilarious Slapstick Humor at Bankhead Theater

Dec 13, 2018
Known for their fast-paced, riotous style of slapstick comedy, the Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to the Bankhead Theater (2400 First Street) in Livermore, CA. with “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)” on Sunday afternoon, December 23, 2018. Described as “a pure delight from start to finish” this show takes audiences to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church where “all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything.” When none of the acts scheduled to perform at the variety show arrive, the three zany members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company are pressed into service to perform the entire show themselves. Along the way, they explain how Santa saved Christmas, the cringe-inducing origin of the term “Nutcracker,” and the hilariously shocking history of our best-loved holiday traditions, all while teaching everyone wacky new lyrics to favorite carols. An irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays, “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)” is full of festive, funny, physical, family fun.

The comedy show will bring to a close a weekend filled with a variety of holiday entertainment for all ages. Two music shows start the weekend. On Thursday, December 20, 2018, The Doo Wop Project returns to the Bankhead bringing their smooth vocals and classic style to familiar Christmas favorites. Then on Friday the 21st, “An Irish Christmas in America” celebrates the rich sounds of the Emerald Isle with authentic music, dance and storytelling. The two shows are popular, Friday’s show is sold out and there are only a few tickets left for The Doo Wop Project.

On Saturday December 22nd, two beloved holiday films will be screened. In the afternoon, a free showing of “The Muppet’s Christmas Carol” provides an opportunity for families to share the classic tale in a fun rendition for all ages. In the evening, the popular 2003 film “Love Actually” starring Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, and Alan Rickman will be shown at 7:00pm. Tickets for “Love Actually” (rated R) are just $5. All tickets have been issued for “A Muppet Christmas” however, there is currently still space available on the waiting list.

Since 1981, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has taken their stage shows around the world. Their first three shows, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” “The Complete History of America (abridged)” and “The Bible; The Complete Word of God (abridged)” ran for nine years at the Criterion Theater in Piccadilly Circus. The first two emerged as the longest running comedies in London and all three have been performed to enthusiastic audiences for decades. “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)” was seen at the Bankhead Theater last season. Tickets for the single performance of “The Ultimate Christmas Show” on December 23, 2018 at 5:00pm start at just $20.

For more information please visit lvpac.org or phone (925) 373-6800.


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