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Books in the series: Shakespeare Today

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2011

Tony Bradman creates a thrilling narrative retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy, Julius Caesar. Marcus Brutus is a close friend of Julius Caesar, emperor of Rome. So how does he find himself involved in a tangled plot for his assassination? The conspirators and the public become embroiled in the never-ending political machinations of the great empire, with struggles for leadership and power. And once the terrible chain of events has been set in motion, is there any way of stopping them, or any way out? The Shakespeare Today series captures the magic of Shakespeare's original play and sets it in an accessible and contemporary style.

Henry V

Henry V

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

Robert Swindell's Henry V is a gripping retelling of Shakespeare's famous historical play. Battles and scenes of warfare are never far from the young King Henry. This retelling brings to life the tumultuous struggle of the heroic young monarch as he fights to protect his kingdom and his life. The Shakespeare Today series captures the magic of Shakespeare's text and sets it in an accessible and contemporary style.

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Author: Sue Purkiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2010

The world of Twelfth Night is a perplexing place where everyone is falling in love, only not with the right people, and not at the right time. It's a world of disorder and confusion where cross-dressing and mistaken identities wreak havoc. Will love win out in the end? Sue Purkiss brings a modern and lively touch to one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies. The Shakespeare Today series captures the magic of Shakespeare's text and sets it in an accessible and contemporary style.

Richard III

Richard III

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2009

Tony Bradman brings the tension and danger of a thriller to Shakespeare's history play, Richard III. The deformed Richard weaves a web of intrigue, removing all obstacles that stand between him and the throne of England. An atmosphere of insecurity pervades, no one dare reveal their thoughts and danger lurks in the shadows. Once Richard achieves his goal, will danger turn its gaze on him? The Shakespeare Today series captures the magic of Shakespeare's text and sets it in an accessible and contemporary style.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: Robert Swindells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2009

Robert Swindells's A Midsummer Night's Dream is set in a very modern-day Yorkshire. Theseus, the neighbourhood tycoon is getting married. Bottom and his mates are roped into putting on a play for the wedding because, well, there's nothing much to do when you're on the dole. But, before the wedding, there are young lovers with problems to resolve ...and a drop of magic and mischief in the mix! The Shakespeare Today series captures the magic of Shakespeare's text and sets it in an accessible and contemporary style.

The Tempest

The Tempest

Author: Franzeska G. Ewart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2007

It's a year after the events of Shakespeare's The Tempest have taken place and Ariel has returned to the magical island. Gradually she starts to look back and reflect upon the strange characters and happenings which took place on that fateful afternoon - the magic, the murder and Prospero's sweet revenge...

Macbeth

Macbeth

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Tony Bradman's retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth is a historical narrative with plenty of pace and drama. It's a very dark story, with almost a horror movie feel, as Macbeth is corrupted by ambition and power. Boy readers in particular will be drawn to the darkness and violence of the world of Macbeth, with its swords and warriors, witches and ghosts.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Balthasar - Baz - a Montague mob foot soldier and Romeo's right hand man - narrates the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet. The story unfolds on a contemporary Nottingham estate, where trouble is brewing between the Montague Mob and the Capulet Crew. A contemporary retelling of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, but there are still no happy endings...

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