These 4 versions of Shakespeare plays—Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, and Taming of the Shrew—are part of my Shakespeare in 30 collection. Each abridged Shakespeare play in this series has been adapted for teens to tackle in a half an hour.
These abridged Shakespearean tragedies are perfect for ELA, ESL, and Shakespeare camps.
These abridged Shakespeare plays have been used with:
✅ Reader’s Theatre (1-2 class periods)
✅ Staged Readings (1 week)
✅ Full production (3-4 weeks)
The Shakespeare in 30 collection is perfect for students in grades 6-12 studying William Shakespeare.
⭐️ Juliet & Romeo: This is an exploration of role/gender reversal with an emphasis on the fight scenes. 6F/1M
⭐️ The Comedy of Errors: This slapstick abridgment focuses on the twins’ antics. Roles for 10 students.
⭐️ Twelfth Night: This abridgment focuses on the mistreatment of Malvolio, with a heavy dose of cultural references for comedy. Roles for 5 students.
⭐️ Deceiving Christopher Sly: This mashup of the induction of Taming of the Shrew and the play-within-a-play from A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be cast flexibly with roles for 9-15 students.
What teachers like you are saying about the 4 Shakespeare plays resource:
Your 4 Shakespeare plays resource includes:
A full teacher’s guide
⭐ Teaching drama in ELA & questions to consider
⭐ Guide to a Staged Reading (Making the Most of One Week)
⭐ Tips for Teaching Shakespeare
⭐ Evaluating Drama
⭐ Director’s Notes (and blank version)
4 editable scripts
Shakespeare’s language worksheet
⭐ Iambic pentameter
⭐ Thou vs. You
Editable extension activities
⭐ Character Analysis + Rubric
⭐ Performance Review + Rubric
⭐ Soft skills rubric
⭐ Tips for editing & uploading
⭐ Writable Google Slides versions of worksheets