4 Shakespeare Plays – Innovative Shakespeare in 30: Macbeth, Much Ado, Tempest, Midsummer

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These 4 versions of Shakespeare plays—Macbeth, The Tempest, Much Ado about Nothing, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream—are part of my Shakespeare in 30 collection. Each play in this series has been adapted for teens to tackle in a half an hour.

You can use these Shakespeare play scripts for…
✅ Reader’s Theatre (1-2 class periods)
✅ Staged Readings (one week)
✅ Full productions (3-4 weeks+)
This resource has been tested and performed with students in grades 6-12.

Macbeth & the Witches: This abridgment focuses on Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, and the witches. 7 roles + 11 extras (apparitions and parade of kings)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: This version is a simple abridgment that maintains all of the subplots and has roles for fourteen students.

Much Ado About Nothing: This adaptation has very little dialogue (most characters speak only a word at a time) and relies on vocal expression and mime to convey the story. Roles for 13 students.

The Tempest: This abridgment maintains all of the subplots and has roles for 13 students and as many extra mariners as you’d like.

What teachers like you are saying about the 4 Shakespeare plays resource:

Yana V.
Yana V.
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"As I don't have weeks and weeks to spend on one play, this is exactly what I was looking for.”
Jocelyn C.
Jocelyn C.
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“Great to use with my ESL students. Thank you!”
Amanda V.
Amanda V.
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“Great resource for making Shakespeare more accessible!”


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