Shreds and Patches is an imagining of Shakespeare's Hamlet like no other! An excellent easy-to-stage competition piece that fuses Shakespearean speech with modern dialogue - a super fun way to bring Shakespeare into the classroom!

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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 W + 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 W + 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 W + 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 W + 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 W + 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 W
  • 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 W, 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 W + 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 W + 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 W + 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 W, 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 W + 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 W + 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 W + 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 W + 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 W
  • 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 W + 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 W + 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 W, 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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