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Shakespeare Adaptations for play-reading or production

We publish adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, either in .pdf format or our own internal MFFEV5 format, and they meet our editorial standards. The usual licence we use is a Creative Commons Version 3 licence, though adaptations in our own format, with support for cues scripts, cast lists, highlight text, etc., are copyright ourselves, and the adapter. At the moment these are free, but in the future we may charge for them.

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If you have an adaptation you’d like us to consider for publication, please send us a copy of the play, in .pdf format, via our Facebook page.

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We have published the following plays to date (click on the title of each play for more details about the adaptation):

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – for 20 or so young actors:

An adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for 20 or so young actors by Tim Wilcock for the children of Shakespeare @ Traquair. This adaptationn has been performed by them at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Chimes at Midnight – a Radio Play:

An adaptation of Chimes at Midnight (the Orson Welles film) for radio with seven actors by Ignatz Ratskywatsky and Ruth Landowne Giorano.

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Gentlemen of the Shade:

An adaptation of Chimes at Midnight (the Orson Welles film) for the stage with seven actors, adapted by myself (Richard Forsyth) and my partner (Fiona Forsyth) and produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004

 

Hamlet – for children:

A comic adaptation of Hamlet for chioldren, adapted by Tim Wilcock, who worked with the children of Shakespeare @ Traquair, to perform it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016.

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One Hour Hamlet – for the young and old:

Aileen Gonsalves, the RSC director, has adapted Hamlet for a One Hour production in pubs at lunch-time.  It is also suited for play-readings, with 2 – 8 players, introducing school pupils, drama students, and U3A students to Hamlet. It can also be combined with our Modern First Folio edition of the play. to add to deepen understanding of the richness of the play.

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One Hour Merchant of Venice for Young and Old

Aileen Gonsalves, the RSC Director, has adapted The Merchant of Venice for a One Hour production in pubs at lunch time. We have converted her script into our special format which supports Cue Scripts, Highlit text format, Cast lists, etc. [If you don’t know what Cue Scripts, Highlit text, and Cast Lists are, check out this link: Overview of Cue Scripts; Cast Lists; Highlight text.] It can be play-read by 2 – 8 players. It is also suited for introducing pupils, students, and U3A students to The Merchant of Venice, particularly when combined with our Modern First Folio edition of the play.

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One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream for Young and Old

Another One Hour adaptation by Aileen Gonsalves, the Royal Shakespeare Company Director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Again the adaptation is supported with cue script format; highlight text format; and cast lists to make play-reading a doddle with 2 – 8 players!  [If you don’t know what Cue Scripts, Highlit text, and Cast Lists are, check out this link: Overview of Cue Scripts; Cast Lists; Highlight text.] Combined with our Modern First Folio Edition, it provides a rich environment for exploring the play through playreading, useful for schools, drama teachers, community theatre groups, U3A groups, etc.

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One Hour Romeo and Juliet for Young and Old:

Another One Hour adaptation by Aileen Gonsalves, the Royal Shakespeare Company Director – this time of Romeo and Juliet. Again the adaptation is supported by cue script format; highlight text format; and cast lists to make play-reading a doddle for 2 – 8 players! [If you don’t know what Cue Scripts, Highlit text, and Cast Lists are, check out this link: Overview of Cue Scripts; Cast Lists; Highlight text.]  Combined with our Modern First Folio Edition, it provides a rich environment for exploring the play through playreading, useful for schools, drama teachers, community theatre groups, U3A groups, etc.

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Open Your Ears:

An exploration of Early Modern playwrights’ attitudes to prologues and audiences, mostly using quotations from Shakespeare’s plays by Ignatz Ratskywatsky and Ruth Landowne Giorano. .

 

Romeo and Juliet – for a young cast:

A comic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet for a young cast, adapted by Tim Wilcock, who worked with the children of Shakespeare @ Traquair, to perform it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016.

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Shakespeare’s Canon for children:

A comic exploration (45 mins to 1 hour) of Shakespeare’s canon for perhaps 14 children playing around 45 Shaekspearean roles. Adapted by Douglas Roberts.

 

 

Let’s play!

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Richard Forsyth
‘The Director’
Players-Shakespeare.com

 

 

 

If you are using, or thinking of using, Players-Shakespeare.com’s edition of Shakespeare’s plays for production rehearsals or play-reading, why don’t you ask to become a member of our Support for Playreading & Productions Closed FB group?

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