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Shakespeare

Plays Adapted from Shakespeare

Here you will find adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays for kids, primary schools,  middle schools, high schools and community audiences.

Comedies and dramas for performance are updated to bring new understanding to Shakespeare’s scripts like The Tempest, Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet.

 

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  • PLays Poems and Pratfalls - Will Shakespeare an Introduction

    Plays, Poems and Pratfalls: Will Shakespeare, An Introduction

    by Evan Guilford-Blake
    • 45 Minutes
    • 1 or 2 Males, 1 or 2 Females

    A 45-minute introduction to various works of The Bard. Written to be performed by 2 or 4 actors within a single class period. ideal for ages 8 – 12. Includes excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, As You Like It, and one of the sonnets: number 18. Printable PDF available

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    $7.95$40.00
  • Fron Cover Shakespeare On-The-Go Shakespeare Adapted For Young Audiences

    Shakespeare-On-The-Go: 4 Touring Plays For Young Audiences

    by Gillette Elvgren

    These 4 adapatations of Shakespeare plays are skilfully adapted for young audiences and include: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, and Macbeth. Plays are each approximately 45 to 50 minutes. They are all fast paced, engaging, and include both Shakespeare’s original language as well as theatrical devices that make the language more accessible to young audiences. As exciting participatory theater they appeal to elementary school students. With the participatory elements removed, each play’s frame story is producible as a play for teens or for teen drama groups to perform for a younger audience.

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    $13.95$60.00
  • Shakespeare on the go

    Romeo and Juliet in Fewer Words, Words, Words

    by Robyn Hilt
    • 50 Minutes
    • 5+ Females 5+ Males Minimum 10 Maximum 20+

    This adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” by Robyn Hilt pares down the original but retains the major plot points and beauty of the poetry. “Romeo & Juliet in Fewer Words, Words, Words” is an ideal choice for classroom presentation. All of the major scenes and plot points are intact, as well as the humor of the Nurse and Mercutio. Students take one role and develop that character through analyzing motives and decisions.

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    $11.00$75.00
  • The Tempest for Youth Adapted by Gillette Elvgren

    The Tempest for Youth

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 45 Minutes
    • 4 Male, 2 Female, 6 Min, 12 Max

    This 45-minute appealing adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest is a comedy to be relished. It has all the exciting elements: of the original play: shipwrecks, a love story, an evil plot, and the fun exploits of the spirits Ariel and her adversary, the rebellious fish-man, Caliban. Written by Gillette Elvgren, the renowned author of plays for school, college and university.   The flexible cast roles ensures a part for everyone. A must-see for young audiences.

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    $7.97$75.00
  • Shakespeare: Playing for Laughs - Play Script Cover

    Shakespeare: Playing for Laughs

    by D.D. Delaney
    • 50 Minutes
    • 1 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2

    Featuring scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Merchant of Venice. High school custodians Rudy Mahoney and Flo Berry find themselves catapulted into new careers as a touring duo, their passion for Shakespeare now extended to the art of comedy as they go on the road.

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    $8.00$75.00
  • A classroom play by D.D. Delaney and William Shakespeare

    Shakespeare After School

    by D.D. Delaney
    • 50 Minutes
    • 1 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2

    An Hilarious One Act for Two Characters by D. D. Delaney

    Features scenes from Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet in an unusual format — as ornaments brightening the lives of two high school custodians. A play within a play, offering a peek into the secret life of stage-struck custodians Rudy Mahoney and Flo Berry, who after school, pretend they are Shakespearean actors, passionately playing their scenes as they imagine real actors would do.

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    $8.00$75.00
  • Shakespeare-on-the-go

    Midsummer Night’s Dream for Youth

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 45 Minutes
    • 2 Males, 2 Females, Min/Max 4

    In this one-act adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy by Gillette Elvgren, four players in a traveling clown troupe wake up one morning to discover that they have been abandoned by the other members of the company. That evening they are required to perform A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM before the local Squire and they have to madly re-invent the play so that it can be done with four clowns.

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    $7.99$75.00
  • Shakespeare on the go

    Macbeth for Youth

    by Gillette Elvgren
    • 45 Minutes
    • 2 Males, 2 Females, Min/Max 4

    A one-act adaptation for children of Shakespeare’s harrowing story of the ambitious Macbeth and Lady Macbeth by Gillette Elvgren as they acquire the crown of Scotland through devious means. The theme of greed and ambition is emphasized and the part of the Porter is expanded to provide more comic relief. The Porter serves as an intermediary between the play and the audience, as do the Witches, in order to make the Shakespeare story fully accessible to a younger audience.

     

    Ideal for grades 3 – 8, the small-cast drama tours easily. It has a framed story involving a teen drama group. With the participatory elements removed, it also works as a teen one-act play.

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    $7.99$75.00
  • A Reverse Hamlet One Act Comedy Play Script Cover Image

    Reverse Hamlet

    by George Freek
    • 45 Minutes
    • 5 Males/2 Females

    Is Hamlet all that he pretends to be? Did he really see his father’s ghost? Critics for years have argued about how to interpret Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This one-act spoof by George Freek suggests some rather unusual answers. Downloadable, printable PDF available

     

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    $7.97$75.00

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