In a Nutshell
Suitably simplified and illustrated for young readers, this selection of Shakespeare stories includes Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet or King Lear
- This series presents a selection of 20 plays by Shakespeare, including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and The Tempest
- Suitably simplified, narrated and illustrated for young readers
- The simple narrative style and illustrations are designed to capture children’s attention and help to develop and nurture their literary interest
- The Taming of the Shrew
- The Merchant of Venice
- King Lear
- Julius Caesar
- Much Ado About Nothing
- As You Like It
- Richard III
- Antony and Cleopatra
- Twelfth Night
- Romeo and Juliet
- Henry V
- The Tempest
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Taming of the Shrew
Lovely Bianca has a queue of admirers anxious to marry her. But her older sister, Katharina, must get married first. Katharina has such a fiery temper she is known as ‘the shrew’, and no man is brave enough to propose. Can Petruchio tame her with his outrageous behaviour? With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and love and marriage in The Taming of the Shrew.
The Merchant of Venice
Rome’s greatest general, Julius Caesar, returns to the city celebrating a glorious victory. But among the cheering crowds, a group of conspirators are determined to prevent Caesar from becoming king… With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and liberty and power in Julius Caesar.
Foolish and bad-tempered, King Lear divides the kingdom between his two wicked daughters, disowns his honest youngest daughter and banishes his friends. As the kingdom falls apart and Lear’s humiliation turns him mad, will he finally realise what he has done? With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and chaos and old age in King Lear.
In Venice, the merchant Antonio borrows money so his friend can woo a beautiful lady. He agrees that if he doesn’t repay Shylock the moneylender, Shylock can take a pound of his flesh. When Antonio’s ships sink and he loses his fortune, Shylock insists on the gruesome payment… With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and love, hate and mercy in The Merchant of Venice.
Much Ado About Nothing
A lively retelling of Shakespeare’s famous work about the foolish ways people behave when they’re in love. With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and love and lies in Much Ado About Nothing.
As You Like It
Deception abounds in this classic Shakespeare retelling. With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and nature and identity in As You Like It.
Andrew Matthews brings another historical tale to life for young readers. With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and villainy in Richard III.
I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at… A great retelling of this tragic tale of jealousy and human frailty. With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, and jealousy in Othello
Antony and Cleopatra
A wonderful retelling of Shakespeare’s thrilling tale of love torn apart by history. With notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and love and death in Anthony and Cleopatra.
Twins cause trouble in this classic Shakespeare comedy! With notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and appearance in Twelfth Night.
Romeo and Juliet
But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun… A beautiful retelling of Shakespeare’s most famous love story. With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and love and hate in Romeo and Juliet.
A thrilling retelling of this fantastic historical play. With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and patriotism in Henry V
Out, damned spot! A brilliant retelling of this classic tale of witches, murder and madness. With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and evil in Macbeth.
A charming retelling of this magical tale of power and justice. With Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and power in the Tempest.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The course of true love never did run smooth… A magical retelling of Hermia, Helen, Demetrius and Lysander’s classic story – and of the impish fairy Puck, who meddles in their tangled web of love with hilarious consequences… With notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, and love and magic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Murder most foul… An action-packed retelling of Shakespeare’s dark tale of revenge and murder. With notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, and revenge in Hamlet
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