4 Plays (abridged Shakespeare) - Shakespeare in 30: The Four Hamlets

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  1. This is the Shakespeare in 30 collection. Each play in this series has been adapted for teens to tackle in about a half an hour. You can use this script for Reader's Theatre (1-2 class periods), a Staged Reading (one week), or a full production (3-4 weeks+). These resources have been tested and perf
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These versions of Hamlet 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 scripts for Reader's Theatre (1-2 class periods), Staged Readings (one week), or full productions (3-4 weeks+). This resource has been tested and performed with students in grades 6-12.

*Hamlet & Himself* - Abridged to focus on Hamlet's soliloquies, revealing his inner struggles and turmoil. (9 roles)

*Hamlet & his Friends* - Focuses on Hamlet's relationships with his friends, particularly as he judges their reactions to him. (11+ roles)

*Hamlet & his Parents* - A new way of looking at Hamlet's parents/family - not as villains, but as suffering through an overly dramatic adolescent. (10+ roles)

*Hamlet & Ophelia* - Focuses on Hamlet's relationship with Ophelia, particularly as she acts on behalf of her father. (9 roles)

What You Get (for each play):

1. 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)

2. An editable script

3. Shakespeare's Language Worksheets:

--Iambic Pentameter

--Thou vs. You

4. Editable Extension Activities:

--Character Analysis + Rubric

--Performance Review + Rubric

--Soft Skills Rubric

5. Digital Capabilities

-Tips for editing & uploading

-Writable Google Slides versions of worksheets

"This resource provides the 'quick & dirty' of a drama, without the dragging on process of a 2-3 month unit. I also love that it provides teamwork and empathy, as my kids need to continue to realize the world doesn't revolve entirely around them!" -Victoria R.

Download the preview for more information! You can also view a sample Close Reading scene (for The Tempest) here.

About Your Resource:

Your download is a .zip file containing a several files. The Teacher's Guide is a .pdf and cannot be edited. You can edit the script (.doc) and the extension activities (.ppt). If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at nouvelle.ela@gmail.com.

Shakespeare in 30 Resources:


The Comedy of Errors

Deceiving Christopher Sly

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Much Ado About Nothing

The Tempest

Twelfth Night

As You Like It

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Taming of the Shrew


Juliet & Romeo

Macbeth & the Witches

Julius Caesar


Hamlet (& Himself)

Hamlet (& his Friends)

Hamlet (& his Parents)

Hamlet (& Ophelia)

Romeo & Juliet (set to pop songs!)


Richard III


Two-play combo: Romeo & Juliet

Four Play Bundle: Juliet & Romeo, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Four Play Bundle: Juliet & Romeo, Deceiving Christopher Sly, The Comedy of Errors, and Twelfth Night

Four Play Bundle: Juliet & Romeo, Macbeth & the Witches, Othello, and Julius Caesar

Four Play Bundle: Macbeth & the Witches, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing

Four Play Bundle: Four Versions of Hamlet

Eight Play Bundle

Buy 3, Get 1 Free Deal:

If you can't find the four-play combination you want in the plays listed above, you can make your own! Simply purchase any three plays and email me at nouvelle.ela@gmail.com with your order number. Let me know the play you'd like to receive for free, and I'll email it to you within a few days. :)

You may also like my Introduction to Shakespeare Escape Room and Digital Breakout!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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