TheatreBooks carries a complete range of the plays of William Shakespeare, as
well as other titles about his life, work and times.
Inspired by Shakespeare
Life & Times
See also: Plays for Young People
Cambridge School Shakespeare - revised!
Long considered the preeminent work in its field, the Cambridge School Shakespeare offers an active approach to teaching the plays, enabling students to inhabit Shakespeare’s imaginative world in accessible and creative ways. Treating each play as a script to be acted, explored and enjoyed in the classroom, they are essential additions to every school library.
Substantially revised and updated, the following titles are now available in their third edition:
Each title in the new edition features:
- a stunning eight-page full colour section packed with production photographs — there’s no better way to bring the play to life and motivate students
- new and revised activities to refresh and update this trusted, well established series
- an enlarged — fully illustrated — section at the back of each volume featuring new notes and activities suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities
- enlarged glossaries — providing extra support with the language of Shakespeare
- new black and white photographs throughout, from the widest selection of stage and film interpretations of the plays
- activities which are fully integrated with the text of the play
- expanded and reorganised notes and tasks giving more help to students than ever before, with sections on characters, the language of the play, and the play performance
Henry IV, Part 1: The 30-minute Shakespeare
This edition of Henry IV, Part 1 tells the story in 30-minutes, yet retains the beauty of Shakespeare's language. Here you'll find tavern revelry, highway robbery, and a splendid role-reversal scene between the inimitable Falstaff and the young Prince Hal. Also included are notes and suggestions regarding staging Shakespeare within a school environment. Softcover, 70 pp. $9.50.
Othello: The 30-Minute Shakespeare
This abridged version of Othello highlights the dramatic build as the venomous Iago systematically deceives Othello about his wife Desdemona, drawing the Moor into a jealous rage. Also included is an essay by editor Nick Newlin on how to produce a Shakespeare play with novice actors, and notes about previous productions of this edition. Softcover, 66 pp. $9.50.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The 30-Minute Shakespeare is a new series of abridgements that tell the "story" of the play in a condensed form, while maintaining the beauty of Shakespeare's language. This edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream is edited down to three key scenes and includes an essay by Nick Newlin on how to stage this abridged version with novice actors and limited resources. Softcover, 61 pp. $9.50. Also available in the series: Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night.
True Lives: William Shakespeare
This exciting book of the life of William Shakespeare with full-colour illustrations tells real-life tales on every page. Softcover, 31 pp. $7.95.
Shakespeare For Beginners
Brandon Toropov & Joseph Lee
Author Brandon Toropov opens with the observation that Shakespeare's genius is not in his (or England's) history, it's in his words, most notable, his plays -- in his brilliant stories, unforgettable characters, and the impossible beauty of his language. So Shakespeare For Beginners skips the tedious history lesson and goes straight to the plays. The book offers clear, concise descriptions and plot summaries of each play; it lists key phrases and important themes, explains the main ideas behind each work and features excerpts of important passages. Softcover, 216 pp. $16.95.
No Fear Shakespeare: A Companion
This companion gives you the straight scoop on everything you really need to know about Shakespeare, including: what's so great about Shakespeare, how did he get so smart, five mysteries of his life and why they matter, Shakespeare's world, theatre, language, and the five greatest Shakespearean characters. Softcover, 290 pp. $10.95.
Shakespeare: His Work & His World
Michael Rosen & Robert Ingpen
A national council of Teachers of English. A notable children's book in
the language arts. A national council for social studies. A notable
trade book for young people. A Los Angeles 100 Best Children's Books
of the year selection. Softcover, 96 pp. $13.99.
No Fear Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Have you ever found yourself looking at a Shakespeare play, then
down at the footnotes, then back at the play, and still not understanding?
You know what the individual words mean, but they don't add up. SparkNotes'
No Fear Shakespeare will help you break through all that. Put the
pieces together with our easy-to-read translations. Soon you'll be
reading Shakespeare's own words fearlessly--and actually enjoying
it. Softcover, 287 pp. $7.95.
Beginning Shakespeare introduces students to the study of Shakespeare and
grounds their understanding of his work in theoretical discourses.
It breaks down fears and preconceptions to offer students both a
map of their current
critical practices of others and a sense of the possibilities for
developing their own.
Softcover, 212 pp. $19.95.
Young readers can get a whole new perspective on Shakespeare's immortal
tragedy with this graphic novel adaptation. Softcover, 56 pp. $7.99.
Others in the Picture This! series: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo
and Twelfth Night.
All Time? Critical Issues in Teaching Shakespeare
Paul Skrebels & Sieta van der Hoeven
For All Time? is a conversation about the continued place of Shakespeare
in the classroom which explores how current critical theories inform our pedagogy.
Contributors from around the globe address varied issues such as 'Shakespeare
as a hegemonic force',
'Postcolonial Shakespeare', 'Shakespeare & the new aestheticism' and 'Shakespeare
for the new millennium' to name a few. Softcover, 144 pp. $29.95.
Tales from Shakespeare: Seven Plays
Williams uses the oversize, comic strip format to evoke a sense of what it must
been like to attend performances of plays at the old Globe Theatre. Retelling Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, A
Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, Julius
Caesar, and The Tempest, this volume gives us a glimpse into the character
of Elizabethan theatre. Softcover, 38 pp. $11.99.
Romeo & Juliet: The Young Reader's Shakespeare
Handsomly illustrated, this bold new retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet captures
the drama, adventure, and wonder of the original work. McKeown's retelling of
the play is a wonderful way to introduce young people to the timeless tale of
two young lovers, doomed by circumstance. Hardcover, 96 pp. $22.95.
Studying Shakespeare: A Guide to the Plays
Laurie E. Maguire
This beginner's guide to Shakespeare will help readers grasp the connection between
the issues addressed in the plays and those of our time. Drawing on all of the
Bards plays, Laurie E. Maguire shows how they illustrate some of life's most
familiar stories -- love and obsession, parents and children, sex and politics,
suffering and revenge.
Softcover 242 pp. $24.95.
Mastering Shakespeare: An Acting Class in Seven Scenes
Written in the form of a play and set in an acting studio, each
of the book's seven scenes present specific acting challenges and
offer specific solutions. With in-depth explorations of speeches
from more than thirty of Shakespeare's plays, Mastering Shakespeare presents
a logical and cumulative progression of concept and skills. A must-read
for actors, directors, coaches, and students of all levels of experience.
Softcover, 268 pp. $29.95.ending in tragedy. Hardcover, 195 pp. $50.00.
This entertaining book for young readers, illustrated in colour,
is the perfect introduction to the world of William Shakespeare.
Softcover, 25 pp. $7.95.
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