8 Play Bundle - Shakespeare in 30 (abridged Shakespeare)

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  1. This is 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 Shakespeare adaptations are perfect for ELA, ESL, and Shakespeare camps. These abridged Shakespeare plays has been used with:✅ Reader’s Theatre (1-2 cl
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Shakespeare in 30 minutes? Let me count the ways… This bundle contains eight abridged plays by William Shakespeare. Each play in this series has been adapted for teens to tackle in a half an hour. Perfect for ELA, ESL, and drama 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)

These classics by William Shakespeare are perfect for grades 6-12.

Why do you need eight plays?

Well, each cast has a different number of actors, and none of them are a perfect 32 (or 34, or 28, or however many kids you have in class). If you want all of your students to be involved, why not break them up into groups and have them work on different plays? This is a great way for students to get acquainted with more works by William Shakespeare in a short amount of time. 

The Abridged Shakespeare Plays:

The Comedy of Errors - a slapstick abridgment with a focus on the twins' antics. 10 roles.

Deceiving Christopher Sly - a mashup of Taming of the Shrew and the play from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Flexible casting, 9-15 roles.

Juliet & Romeo - an exploration of role reversal with an emphasis on combat scenes. 6F/1M.

Macbeth & the Witches - an abridgment focused on Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, and the witches. 7 roles and 11 extras (apparations, parade of kings)

A Midsummer Night's Dream - an abridgment with all subplots, 14 roles

Much Ado About Nothing - an adaptation focused on mime and strong vocal choices. 13 roles.

The Tempest - an abridgment with all subplots. 13 roles and extra mariners.

Twelfth Night - an abridgment focused on Malvolio's mistreatment, with a strong dose of cultural references. 6 roles.

What other teachers are saying:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “There is no better way to teach Shakespeare than having the students getting up and doing it! This is great!” -Jaymee J.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I am super excited about this product. I have told so many teachers about it and it's becoming a school-wide production. My students want to perform for the whole school! Thank you for making Shakespeare something students would look forward to. It's amazing!” -Keiondra S.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️“Tell your students they're going to read 8 Shakespeare plays in 8 days, then start with the Much Ado "one word lines" play if you want a good laugh. My students loved this! I used this for a group of advanced students and they had a blast. With a packed curriculum schedule, these make it easy to give students a memorable introduction to a wider range of Shakespeare than just our "deep dive" units. Thanks for making this!” -Kate H.

Your resource includes:

  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
    --Fillable Google Slides versions of worksheets

 ✅ 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.

All of our 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 and A Midsummer Night's Dream Escape Room!

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-Danielle @ Nouvelle ELA

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