Shakespeare has writer’s block. Nothing inspires him. The best he can come up with is “Now is the winter of our irritation!” Postcards from Shakespeare by Allison Williams is so much more than your typical Shakespeare spoof.

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Adaptations and Parodies of Shakespeare

All these plays use Shakespeare as the source. Whether it's a cutting that uses the original text, a monologue or scene book, or a parody that spoofs the story, all these plays offer a great window into Shakespeare's world.

As You Like It

cutting and notes by John Minigan from the original by Shakespeare

A one act annotated version of Shakespeare's love filled comedy.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 9 M + 4 F + 6 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 27 pages

Cobweb Dreams

by Lindsay Price

Cobweb dreams of a different life, away from Titania's train.

  • About 80 minutes
  • 2 M + 17 F + 7 Any Gender
  • Unit Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 86 pages

Cobweb Dreams - One Act Version

by Lindsay Price

Cobweb dreams of a different life, away from Titania's train.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 2 M + 12 F + 5 Any Gender
  • Unit set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 42 pages

The Comedy of Errors

cutting and notes by John Minigan from the original by Shakespeare

A one act annotated version of Shakespeare's comedy about mistaken identity.

  • About 60 minutes
  • 5 M + 5 F + 8 Any Gender, + jailers, officers, and attendants, Doubling Possible
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 41 pages

Drop Dead, Juliet!

by Allison Williams

Juliet has had enough! No more poison, stabbing, or dying. Romeo and Juliet will never be the same - or will it? Not everyone's so keen on the changes.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 4 M + 13 F + 1 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 30 pages

Football Romeo

by Lindsay Price

A hilarious full length modern take on the clash between school cliques. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet.

  • About 75 minutes
  • 3 M + 7 F
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 76 pages

Hamlet

cutting and notes by Lindsay Price from the original by Shakespeare

A one act annotated version of Shakespeare's tragic tale of murder, ghosts and revenge.

  • About 60 minutes
  • 15 M + 9 F, Doubling Possible
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 47 pages

Hamlet, Zombie Killer of Denmark

by Chris Stiles

Denmark is plagued with zombies in this gruesomely comic adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 4 M + 2 F + 11 Any Gender, Plus Extras
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 36 pages

Hamlette

by Allison Williams

Hamlet is played by a girl in this twisty-turny comedic interpretation of the classic Danish tale.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 1 M + 1 F + 3 Any Gender, Expandable to 13
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 20 pages

Lose Not Thy Head

by Gary Rodgers

Joan has been sentenced to lose her head for impersonating her famous brother William Shakespeare.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 1 M + 3 F + 9 Any Gender
  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 34 pages

Macbeth

cutting and notes by Lindsay Price from the original by Shakespeare

A one act annotated version of Shakespeare's tale of ambition and murder.

  • About 60 minutes
  • 18 M + 6 F, Doubling Possible
  • Interior and Exterior
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 33 pages

A Midsummer Night's Dream

cutting and notes by Lindsay Price from the original by Shakespeare

A one act annotated version of Shakespeare's magical tale of mischievous fairies, and love potions.

  • About 60 minutes
  • 6 M + 8 F + 7 Any Gender
  • Interior and Exterior
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 40 pages

Mmmbeth

by Allison Williams

An hilarious gender-bending take on the Scottish play! Updated Version.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 5 F + 5 Any Gender, Easily Expandable
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 43 pages

Mmmbeth: Competition Length Version

by Allison Williams

A shorter version of our hilarious gender-bending take on the Scottish play. Updated version.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 5 F + 5 Any Gender, Easily Expandable
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 28 pages

Much Ado About Nothing

cutting and notes by John Minigan from the original by Shakespeare

This one act annotated version of Shakespeare's comedy brims with wordplay, romance, and deceit.

  • About 45 minutes
  • 5 M + 4 F + 7 Any Gender, Doubling Possible
  • Interior and Exterior
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 26 pages

Much Ado High School

by Lindsay Price

What if Much Ado About Nothing took place at a high school dance? An enjoyable introduction to Shakespeare with lightning-fast pace and snappy dialogue.

  • About 30 minutes
  • 5 M + 6 F
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 28 pages

Postcards from Shakespeare

by Allison Williams

Shakespeare has writer’s block. Nothing inspires him. Queen Elizabeth sends him on a trip around the world to find inspiration.

  • About 35 minutes
  • 6 M + 4 F + 5 Any Gender
  • Simple Set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 37 pages

Romeo and Juliet (Modern English)

adapted by Craig Mason from Shakespeare

A modern English one act version of Shakespeare's tragic tale of star-crossed lovers.

  • About 40 minutes
  • 7 M + 2 F + 3 Any Gender, Easily Expandable
  • Interior and Exterior
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 28 pages

Romeo and Juliet (One Hour)

cutting and notes by Lindsay Price from the original by Shakespeare

A one act annotated version of Shakespeare's tragic tale of star-crossed lovers.

  • About 60 minutes
  • 18 M + 4 F, Doubling Possible
  • Interior and Exterior
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 39 pages

Scene-Speare!: Shakespearean Scenes for Student Actors

edited by Lindsay Price

A collection of annotated Shakespearean scenes for student actors.

  • Simple set
  • Recommended for High Schools & Middle Schools
  • 127 pages

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