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“The concept is original and the execution brilliant. This is Dr Seuss meets Shakespeare, with all the joy of the former meshed with all the intrigue of the latter.” — David Crystal, author of Shakespeare’s Words and How Language Works.

“Good evening. Welcome to the show/Midsummer Night’s Dream, I’m sure you all know?/It’s a famous work by Will the Bard/But his language can be kind of hard/So this evening we will do our best/To simplify old William’s text./As you can hear, we’ll speak in rhyme/And cut two hours off the running time.” Act I: Prologue

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The Silly Shakespeare for Students edition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream simplifies the famous play without dumbing it down. It’s perfect for introducing students to the Bard and helping English Language Learners practice speaking and oracy skills while grappling with the classics. Author Paul Leonard Murray, director of the Belgrade English Language Theater, has cut the play down to an hour or so and made the language more accessible. But he’s kept all the funny parts! Not only that, the whole thing is written in rhyming couplets.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays for a reason. When Hermia’s father forbids her to marry Lysander, the couple run away to elope. Demetrius, who is madly in love with Hermia follows them, and Helena who is in love with Demetrius, follows him. Little do they know that the fairies are watching them. The king of the fairies, Oberon sends his servant, mischievous pixie Puck, to fix these foolish mortals’ woes, armed with a love potion. Hilarity ensues involving donkey-faced carpenters, dueling suitors, and some very confused Athenians.

Production notes and a summary of the play make putting on Shakespeare easy and fun, even if you’ve never done drama in class before! Looking for something different for drama club, student theater, or speaking class? Want to spice up your literature or reading class and give students a new appreciation for Shakespeare? This version of Midsummer for Students is for you!

Download a short sample: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Silly Shakespeare Sample

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Additional information

Weight 4.6 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × .3125 in



Publication Date

20 April 2020



5.5 x 8.5 inches



92 pages

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