The Life and Death of King John tells the story of the reign of King John of England (1199-1216). The story is about ongoing tensions that spill over into war between England and France, while King John deals faces consistent palace intrigue. This play has been adapted into plain English and is performed as a theatrical full-cast production. At just over 20 minutes long, it is an abridged and adapted version of one of the relatively underperformed works in Shakespeare's canon. The plan opens with a threat from the French. Negotiations, conflict, and palace intrigue follow, as King John works his way through many issues of war and diplomacy in classic Shakespearean fashion.
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This production is abridged and in plain English. Timon of Athens (The Life of Tymon of Athens) is perhaps Shakespeare's sharpest satire on wealth, greed, and betrayal. Scholars generally classify Timon either as a tragedy or a problem play. Timon is wealthy and generous, but his is a spendthrift throwing lavish parties for his guests and offering financial support on a whim. This means everyone loves him, until the money abruptly runs out as Timon finds creditors at his door. Timon's friends are no longer as welcoming. Timon departs Athens, where despite being destitute, he still has an influential role to play. It is believed that Shakespeare wrote the play with Thomas Middleton in the early 1600s. The play is believed to draw on earlier works from William Painter, Plutarch, and Lucian. Timon is among Shakespeare's less popular works and has been criticized by some scholars, though others view Timon himself as among some of Shakespeare's deepest characters. This adaptation by Hazel Jeffs presents an abridged version of Shakespeare's work in plain English. It is a full cast theatrical production lasting around 20 minutes.
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Titus Andronicus is believed to be Shakespeare's first tragedy and the revenge play is among the most violent and bloody of his canon. The story tells of a famous Roman general engaged in a cycle of revenge with his opponents. The version is abridged and adapted into plain English. This is a theatrical audio production by a full cast. It is completed with extensive interpretation including scene setting, the relationship between Titus Andronicus and Shakespeare's other works, interpretation of the key monologues and speeches of the play in Shakespearian language, detail on historical staging and study guide context, as well as details on this specific adaptation by the playwright Hazel Jeffs. As such, this is a useful guide for anyone diving deeper into Shakespeare - whether as a student or an enthusiast. This version includes substantial additional material including analysis of the play, study guide questions, analysis of key questions, notes on historical staging, and how this play fits into the Shakespeare canon.
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Shakespeare for kids adapts the timeless works of Shakespeare into plain English for a younger audience. This story is that of the end of King Richard II's reign during the late 1300s. It is a story of plotting and power, and the first of Shakespeare's four plays about the house of Lancaster. This abridged version is targeted for a younger audience, toning down any violent scenes and presenting the narrative structure in plain English. King Richard banishes a potential rival and takes his land. The wealth seized is used to fund wars, but ultimately, in a reversal, King Richard is deposed by the very man he tried to banish. The production is shortened to under 15 minutes, enabling it to engage even younger listeners while preserving the key elements and structure of the plot. This is a fantastic introduction to the power of Shakespeare's classic works.
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This abridged version of the Shakespeare classic Henry V is adapted and condensed to just over 20 minutes across five acts. It tells the story of the mature King Henry V and his defeat of the French at Agincourt despite being heavily outnumbered. Henry succeeds militarily in a country where he doesn't even speak the language. Henry also achieves success, but it has stark implications for his past friendships. That said, Henry V is among Shakespeare's less nuanced characters and the play arguably lacks the moral dilemmas featured elsewhere in the Shakespeare canon. This version is abridged and adapted, offering a condensed and simplified, yet full cast theatrical production version of the play, though two of King Henry's key speeches from the play are included in full in original Shakespearean language. This is an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for those less familiar with his works or for a younger audience.
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