Spymonkey was founded by Toby Park, Petra Massey and Aitor Basauri in 1997. With their dark, edgy physical comedy rooted ‘somewhere between Monty Python, the Marx Brothers and Samuel Beckett’ (The Houston Chronicle), a quartet of performers from Spain, Germany and England, Spymonkey have proved to be a truly international phenomenon, enjoyed by and accessible to a wide range of audiences. Previous shows include Stiff, Cooped, Bless, Moby Dick, Love In and Oedipussy.
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare – 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus. In The Complete Deaths, Spymonkey will perform all the deaths in 90 minutes. Sometimes lingeringly; sometimes accidentally; sometimes movingly; sometimes musically; always hysterically. Using only Shakespeare’s language (plus some inevitable present-day squabbling) the four ‘seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny’ clowns* attempt to scale the peaks of highest culture and plumb the depths of deepest tragedy. They do this while also coming to terms with their own mortality – and stupidity.