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First, the Shakespeare Playbooks

The Playbook series are designed as thick workbooks for directors and producers. For a look at what's inside a Playbook, go to To Do or Not to Do Shakespeare. A Playbook is a great way to envision the play — and to keep track of details. For single Shakespeare play texts, see below.

All these plays are popular in high school and college, for actors and audiences alike.

and Shakespeare Plays

Hamlet is possibly Shakespeare's most popular play—a melancholy but mercurial prince.
In Twelfth Night, a woman is shipwrecked; she dresses as a man to find a job, then gets entangled in an impossible triangle — Sir Toby Belch provides annoying comic relief.

In As You Like It, two outcasts find (eventually) each other, with a happy ending.
In early Britain, a willful daughter runs away to find her love; her father, KingCymbeline, is contesting the annual Roman tribute.

Two wives being scammed by Falstaff turn the tables on him — and then some.
Two bosom companions fall out over love; also, one of them is misled into believing in her infidelity.

No one will marry the older daughter — and then someone does, and the sparks fly.
A masterpiece about justice, mercy, honor, and, of course, love. Portia dons lawyer's clothes to make matters aright.

These seven plays include roles with transgender characters. Only two are played for comedy, as Falstaff in Merry Wives.
In Henry IV, Prince Hal consorts with Falstaff and his cronies. As Henry V, he disavows Falstaff. Merry Wives shows Falstaff's shenanigans. In Henry V, Part Two, Falstaff, dying, is heard but not seen again.

(not a play) Shakespeare's first publication, a longpoem of the encounter of Venus with Adonis, ending with Venus's catalog of the phases of love.

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