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SHAKESPEARE Playbooks

The Playbook, or pre-production, format for these Shakespeare plays is a total resource for directors and producers. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, A PLAYBOOK DOES NOT TELL YOU HOW TO DO A PLAY, rather IT INVITES YOU TO FLESH OUT YOUR OWN VISION, draw out the play, page by page with your own sketches or notes. STEP TWO, KEEP TRACK OF DETAILS, TIMELINE, COORDINATION. Plus the behind the scenes necessaries: CREATE THE PLAYBILL, BUDGET/FUNDING, COSTUME FITTING, SETS, STAGE MANAGEMENT, PUBLICITY. Go to Shakespeare Playbooks for all the resources, fuller exposition. And the Shakespeare category for Playbooks, plays, and poem have brief descriptions.
Or go directly to an order page:

If you have an assistant director, get TWO copies.

Hamlet              The Merchant of Venice
The Taming of the Shrew              Twelfth Night
Romeo and Juliet              A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing              Macbeth
Othello              As You Like It
Richard III              Henry V              Antony and Cleopatra               Julius Caesar               King Lear



BUT WAIT, you say, HOWZIT ACTUALLY WORK?
OK, OK, take a look at a play in a zip file, of how that open format helped one director to envision The Merchant of Venice.



Shakespeare Plays

These reading plays—text only—have moderately modernized language (thee, thy, and thine are replaced, for example), but they do include a glossary for terms no longer in common use (for example, "bed of Ware" referred to a popular resort featuring a bed that a dozen people could "sleep" in—and you thought the English were stuffy).

Hamlet              Twelfth Night              As You Like It
Cymbeline              The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Two Gentlemen of Verona              The Taming of the Shrew
The Merchant of Venice
(anthology) Seven Plays by William Shakespeare with Transgender Characters, Plus Hamlet
Falstaff: Four Plays

(longpoem) Venus and Adonis






Poetry       History

Ovid       British Lit




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