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40-Minute Tempest, The / King Ram
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40-Minute Tempest, The / King Ram

adapted by Lesley Ross

William Shakespeare
 

Adapted from Shakespeare's The Tempest and King Lear, two plays which combine song and verse to create a rollercoaster ride for children.

The 40-Minute Tempest 
Recreates the world of Shakespeare's great play as told by Prospero and Ariel as they journey towards Prospero's retirement and Ariel's freedom. Using puppetry, the modern idiom and Shakespeare's verse, Prospero's island is magically brought to life.

King Ram
Based on King Lear, this is the story of an old king with a foolish plan to split his lands between his two daughters, and of a 10-year-old boy's desperate search for a baby's father.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-313-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Antony and Cleopatra
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Antony and Cleopatra

Edited by Janet Suzman

William Shakespeare (edited by Janet Suzman)
 

Desire and duty collide in Shakespeare’s captivating tragedy of politics, passion and power. Two charismatic leaders, Mark Antony of Rome and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, are caught in an all-encompassing love that threatens the Empire. Rome will do all it can to pull them apart. Or it will destroy them both.

This classic Shakespeare tale is edited by Dame Janet Suzman, making this an authoritative edition. As she says in her book Not Hamlet: Meditations on the Frail Position of Women in Drama which studies the role of, and for, women in Shakespeare’s canon, Suzman knows this play better than anyone else in the world, having played Cleopatra twice and having now directed the play twice.



Cast : 1F, 18M (doubling)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-406-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Cardenio
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Cardenio

William Shakespeare (edited by Greg Doran)
 
Based on an episode in Don Quixote, the play known as Cardenio by Shakespeare and Fletcher has disappeared but it forms the basis of an 18th-century piece, The Double Falsehood, by Lewis Theobald. By excising Theobald’s additions and inserting passages from contemporary Spanish plays on the same theme,  Associate Director Greg Doran has come up with a brilliant new text which is the nearest we are likely to come to the play that Shakespeare and Fletcher originally wrote.

It tells the story of a girl who dresses as a shepherd boy to follow her love into the mountains. It will be recognised as a major act of theatrical archaeology – the equivalent of ‘restoring’ a painting by a master which has been damaged and overpainted by others.



Cast : 12M, 5F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-180-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Cymbeline
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Cymbeline

William Shakespeare freely adapted by Emma Rice
 
Twenty years after his two sons disappeared, King Cymbeline's only daughter Imogen plans to marry against his wishes. Enraged, Cymbeline banishes her childhood sweetheart Posthumus from court. He flees to Italy and makes a wager he'll soon regret. Cymbeline's new queen plots with her ghastly son Cloten. Emperor Caesar is on the war-path. And poor Joan (who's just got back from the Costa de Sol) hasn't got a clue what's going on!

Kneehigh turn their unique storytelling style to one of Shakespeare's least performed plays. In a script packed with heart-stopping poetry and characteristic charm, their irreverent adaptation plays fast and loose with the Bard. The result is a wild, giddy and elemental adventure that swings from tragedy to comedy and back again. Never has confusion been such fun!

Review
'A glorious romp, swift, funny, cheeky and inventive... This is Kneehigh at its best… '  Sunday Times

Cast : 5M, 3F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-721-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Edward III
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Edward III

William Shakespeare
 

Officially attributed to Shakespeare only in 1998, Edward III is set in the age of chivalry and chronicles the beginning of the 100 Years War. Following the exploits of Edward, the Black Prince, is also acts as a prequel to Richard II.

Edited with an introduction by Roger Warren and preface by Gregory Doran.





Cast : 15M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-694-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Hamlet
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Hamlet

A performance text adapted by Robert Icke

William Shakespeare
 

A radical new version of Shakespeare’s classic, reworked and directed by Robert Icke, 

Review

'Robert Icke is one of the most important forces in today’s theatre. He blew the dust from  Oresteia  and made  1984  newly penetrating. Now he and Andrew Scott give us a terrific modern-dress Hamlet. Full of ideas but not manacled to a concept. The originality is a question of pitch and pace and breath. It is as if the lungs of the play are different. Every moment of the text rings with significance.'  The Observer  (5 stars)

Cast : 4F, 14M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-224-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Henry V (Propeller Shakespeare Series)
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Henry V (Propeller Shakespeare Series)

Edited by Edward Hall & Roger Warren

William Shakespeare
 

Henry V dramatizes the legend of the heroic warrior-king who won the battle of Agincourt; but it also tells the more human story of a young king’s psychological journey, learning to deal with the political realities of Church and State.As increasing numbers of British servicemen and women are seeing active service, Propeller brings its own unique take on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

Also features introduction from Ed Hall (Artistic Director of Propeller Theatre Company), notes on the design and music from members of the Propeller team, as well an introduction to the text by Shakesperean academic Roger Warren.



Cast : 29M + Chorus
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-418-8 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Juliet and Her Romeo
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Juliet and Her Romeo

Adapted by Sean O'Connor & Tom Morris

William Shakespeare
 
A story of a flourishing love affair in one generation, crushed by the financial and political concerns of another.

What family has not wrestled with the question of how we care for our parents as they become older and frailer? Who will love them? Who will support them? Who will pay for their care? And with that care, what controls should we apply? If we have taken power of attorney, what about the freedom to fall in love, to give gifts, to marry unwisely?

Shakespeare’s classic tale of star crossed lovers is a classic play. However this production is unique in that it uses Shakespeare’s text, but casts our lovers in their 80s, with their anxious children, not their parents, seeking to prevent an imprudent and costly match.

Cast : 7M, 4F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84943-081-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Love's Labours Lost
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Love's Labours Lost

William Shakespeare
 
Four young men swear to devote themselves to uninterrupted study for three years. But when four young ladies come to visit they discover that their oaths are very hard to keep. Famous for its dazzling wit and exquisite word play, Love's Labour's Lost is a rare jewel.






   




Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-788-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Much Ado About Nothing
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Much Ado About Nothing

Edited by Robert Hastie and Josie Rourke

William Shakespeare
 

A consummate romantic comedy that dramatises the battle of the sexes with a dazzling display of Shakespeare’s wit and wordplay.

Two young lovers, Claudio and Hero, are about to be married, but the devious scheming of a resentful Prince looks set to thwart the nuptials. Meanwhile, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick, whose constant witty sparring threatens to keep them apart for ever.

Tthis volume also includes extensive material about how the production was conceived and developed, interviews with its cast and creative team, design sketches, an extract from the original score, and a rehearsal diary.



Cast : 18M, 6F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-200-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Othello
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Othello

William Shakespeare / Scott Graham / Steven Hogget
 
This is a mating ground. There’s tension around the pool table, cues in hand. A world of broken glass and beatings in the car park. It’s dog eat dog. And its about to kick off…

The UK’s leading movement theatre company Frantic Assembly, explodes onto the stage with this electrifying take on Shakespeare’s most brutal and gripping thriller-tragedy of paranoia, jealousy, sex and murder.
   
A black man in a white northern town, Othello is a bouncer down the local pub. But his passionate affair with Desdemona exposes them both to fatal manipulation at the hands of Iago with devastating consequences. Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, Frantic Assembly takes its scalpel to 21st century Britain, exposing prejudice, danger and fear. Here, violence is a way of life and reputation is everything….

Review
The tragedy gains an electrifyingly new vigour and relevance. - Kate Bassett,  The Independent



Cast : 7M, 2F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-856-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Richard III (Propeller Shakespeare Series)
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Richard III (Propeller Shakespeare Series)

Edited by Edward Hall and Roger Warren

William Shakespeare
 

Richard III brings the Wars of the Roses cycle of history plays to a close in bloody fashion. Arguably Shakespeare’s most villainous king, we watch in horror and delight as Richard murders his way to the throne, unable to resist his cruel wit and dark humour. This is a hugely entertaining and diabolical adventure that tells the story of one man’s journey to heaven, then back to hell.

Review

'Whether you love Shakespeare or fear Shakespeare, these shows can speak to you. They are thrillingly fresh collisions of the contemporary and the classical.'  The Times


 



Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-010-2 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Shakespeare on Theatre
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Shakespeare on Theatre

William Shakespeare
 

In his plays and poems, Shakespeare returns again and again to theatrical ideas and images. Shakespeare scholar Nick de Somogyi draws together all the set pieces such as ‘All the world’s a stage’, Hamlet’s encounters with the Players and Bottom’s amateur dramatics along with less-known but equally revealing passages. 

Interspersed throughout are insights into theatre practice from Shakespeare’s contemporaries. The result is that we are almost able to smell the greasepaint issuing from the tiring house and hear the roar of the crowd foregathered in the Globe... 

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-079-3 | Sales rights: Australia & NZ | PB
Twelfth Night (Propeller Shakespeare)
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Twelfth Night (Propeller Shakespeare)

Edited by Edward Hall & Roger Warren

William Shakespeare
 

Twelfth Night is an ambiguously erotic comedy telling a twisted tale of mistaken identity, transformation and deception. With a man playing a girl disguised as a boy, illusion and reality are almost indistinguishable on Propeller’s island of Illyria. Dark and delightful, the play questions what happens when you fall in love with the wrong person, and the answer is both beautiful and bittersweet.

This edition of Twelfth Night Includes the Propeller edit of the text, accompanied by an introduction to the text and Propeller’s process, with articles on notable features specific to the production, including the use of music, design, and costume.

Review

'Whether you love Shakespeare or fear Shakespeare, these shows can speak to you. They are thrillingly fresh collisions of the contemporary and the classical. 4 stars'  The Times



Cast : 12M, 3F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-422-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Winter's Tale, The (Propeller Shakespeare Series)
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Winter's Tale, The (Propeller Shakespeare Series)

Edited by Edward Hall & Roger Warren

William Shakespeare
 
The Winter’s Tale takes us on an extraordinary journey. King Leontes falls prey to an inexplicable jealousy of his wife Hermione; it causes her (apparent) death and the (actual) death of his young son Mamillius. Sixteen years of repentance, supervised by Paulina, lead to scenes of reunion and reconciliation — but without concealing the cost in human terms. This is a slightly shortened version of the text of The Winter’s Tale as printed in the First Folio of Shakespeare’s works (1623). The opening sequence, divided between various voices, and the first half of Scene Twelve, draw upon, and re-shape, the more extended versions of the original.

 

Cast : 21M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-450-8 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB