“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. The rhymes are really clever, and often elicited an actual LOL. The pace and staging are terrific.”
— David Crystal
“I’ve been lucky enough to read three of the resources in this series – consistently engaging, humorous, easy to read and well-graded. I am genuinely trying to hold back the praise with this one – these are top notch resources.”
— Peter Clement
The Silly Shakespeare for Students series of plays simplifies the famous tragedy 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 tragic parts while adding some jokes. And if you think jokes in a version of Macbeth is weird, the whole thing is also written in rhyming couplets. 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 is the series for you.