December 1, 2012
Shakespeare for Readers’ Theatre is a Readers’ Theatre, Volume 1, collection of three of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays in abridged form.
Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, as well as Midsummer Night’s Dream have been trimmed while keeping Shakespeare’s beautiful language.
Hamlet can run more than four hours but this Hamlet will run less than 45 minutes while keeping most of the great lines. Not short enough? The book contains an even shorter version of Hamlet that should run less than 20 minutes. That is, each of the Shakespeare plays have two Readers’ Theatre versions, the long version intended to run 45 minutes and the short version intended to run about 20 minutes.
Shakespeare for Readers’ Theatre, Volume 1, also includes an introduction to each of the plays including probable original sources, first production dates, and important historical information. Further, each of the Readers’ Theatre versions have suggested director’s notes, which include interpretations of the text, definitions, blocking suggestions, and character recommendations. The book is intended as an important practical resource for theatre practitioners, directors, and teachers.
This book perfectly meets my needs. I am using it this year with my middle school gifted students who must perform a 10-20 minute Shakespeare scene. I love the readers theatre approach and so do my students.
Shakespeare for Readers’ Theatre, Volume 2 contains four scripts with some of the greatest villains from the world’s best playwright.
This book abridges into Readers’ Theatre format the plays Othello, Richard III, King Lear, and Merry Wives of Windsor, with memorable lines the likes of Richard III who states straight up “I am determined to prove a villain.”
Volume 2 holds 20 minute and 45 minute versions of each play as well as a director’s version with suggestions for making productions more audience ready. This book is built for individuals or groups who want to examine or perform Shakespeare in a condensed and dynamic format.