We’re pleased to publish a children’s version of Hamlet – a bit less tragic than the original, and with more laughs. You should note that, although it is a children’s production, adults laugh like drain when they see it.
It has been adapted by Tim Wilcock, who worked with the children of Shakespeare @ Traquair, to take this adaptation (or an earlier version of it) to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016.
We understand it was seen by the International School in Santiago in Edinburgh. Theytook the script and music and we understand they performed it in late 2016.
You, too, can perform it. It is published here under a Creative Commons licence (see front page of the script) which allows you to share it, adapt it, and use it for a production. It needs a cast of 11, if I’ve got it right. If you want to contact Tim Wilcock to find out how to stage it, etc., send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll pass your message on to Tim.
Here is the script. You can scroll through the play, and if you’re interested, you can download a copy as a pdf by clicking on the down-arrow on the toolbar (this has been tested on both Windows 10 and Apple iPad / iPhone):
If you want to see other adaptations we have available for use in play-reading or production, check out our Shakespeare Adaptations page.
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