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Dear Mr. Shakespeare: Letters to a Jobbing Playwright  

Dear Mr. Shakespeare: Letters to a Jobbing Playwright $20.86 ex GST
$22.95 inc GST

Dear Mr. Shakespeare,
Thank you for submitting your script. We loved it! However…

What if Shakespeare was writing today? What if Shakespeare had to deal with the prejudices of today’s producers? What if he had to circumnavigate the same rapids of bureaucracy, financial constraints, cuts in funding, political correctness, forced re-writes, miscasting, rejections, put-downs and “friendly advice” that the writers of today encounter?

Taking today’s attitudes and playing them out in a series of fictional letters to the emerging Elizabethan playwright, Simon Reade has produced a sharp and novel companion to Shakespeare, for aficionados, actors, academics and audiences alike.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-829-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB


Simon Reade was Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic. Other writing for the stage includes adaptations of Midnight's Children (with Salman Rushdie and Tim Supple) and Ted Hughes' Tales from Ovid (with Tim Supple), the play Epitaph for the Official Secrets Act (with Paul Greengrass) and an abridged version of Shaw's Back to Methuselah (with David Fielding), all for the RSC, where he was Literary Manager and Dramaturg.

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