A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Graphic Novel

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A graphic novel adaptation of William Shakespeare's play about meddling fairies who create unintended love triangles among a group of teenagers.

Classical Comics Teaching Resource Pack a Midsummer Night's Dream

British Edition

Classical Comics Teaching Resource Pack a Midsummer Night's Dream

Includes classroom activities and lesson plans for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream such as Shakespeare's use of language and also applications for history, ICT, drama, and art. This title provides exercises that cover structure, listening, understanding, motivation and character as well as key words, themes and literary techniques.

Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations

Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations

Four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, his works continue to not only fill playhouses around the world, but also be adapted in various forms for consumption in popular culture, including in film, television, comics and graphic novels, and digital media. Drawing on theories of play and adaptation, Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations demonstrates how the practices of Shakespearean adaptations are frequently products of playful, and sometimes irreverent, engagements that allow new ‘Shakespeares’ to emerge, revealing Shakespeare’s ongoing impact in popular culture. Significantly, this collection explores the role of play in the construction of meaning in Shakespearean adaptations—adaptations of both the works of Shakespeare, and of Shakespeare the man—and contributes to the growing scholarly interest in playfulness both past and present. The chapters in Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations engage with the diverse ways that play is used in Shakespearean adaptations on stage, screen, and page, examining how these adaptations draw out existing humour in Shakespeare’s works, the ways that play is used as a pedagogical aid to help explain complex language, themes, and emotions found in Shakespeare’s works, and more generally how play and playfulness can make Shakespeare ‘relatable,’ ‘relevant,’ and entertaining for successive generations of audiences and readers.

The Shakespearean World

The Shakespearean World

The Shakespearean World takes a global view of Shakespeare and his works, especially their afterlives. Constantly changing, the Shakespeare central to this volume has acquired an array of meanings over the past four centuries. "Shakespeare" signifies the historical person, as well as the plays and verse attributed to him. It also signifies the attitudes towards both author and works determined by their receptions. Throughout the book, specialists aim to situate Shakespeare’s world and what the world is because of him. In adopting a global perspective, the volume arranges thirty-six chapters in five parts: Shakespeare on stage internationally since the late seventeenth century; Shakespeare on film throughout the world; Shakespeare in the arts beyond drama and performance; Shakespeare in everyday life; Shakespeare and critical practice. Through its coverage, The Shakespearean World offers a comprehensive transhistorical and international view of the ways this Shakespeare has not only influenced but has also been influenced by diverse cultures during 400 years of performance, adaptation, criticism, and citation. While each chapter is a freshly conceived introduction to a significant topic, all of the chapters move beyond the level of survey, suggesting new directions in Shakespeare studies – such as ecology, tourism, and new media – and making substantial contributions to the field. This volume is an essential resource for all those studying Shakespeare, from beginners to advanced specialists.

Shakespeare for Young People

Productions, Versions and Adaptations

Shakespeare for Young People

Comprehensive overview of productions, versions and adaptations of Shakespeare for children and young people

Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

This authoritative and innovative volume explores the place of Shakespeare in relation to a wide range of artistic practices and activities, past and present.

Understanding A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Understanding A Midsummer Night's Dream

Going beyond a dramatic analysis, this casebook examines fascinating topics in the play-- such as love, marriage, holidays, and dreams-- and their relation to contemporary trends and topics.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

After an historical survey of A Midsummer Night's Dream from Shakespeare's time through to the 19th century, Jay Halio focuses primarily on 20th century productions and adaptations, for film and television as well as for the stage. Chapters are devoted to productions by Max Reinhardt, Peter Hall, Robert Lepage, and especially to Peter Brook's landmark production in 1970 and the reactions to it. Using a wealth of personal experience, as well as original promptbooks and critical reviews, Halio shows how differently but still very effectively the play may be staged, as the wide variety of plays he records. This second, enlarged edition contains three new chapters on Adrian Noble's RSC production and film, Michael Hoffman's film, and the Dream in China. Written in clear, jargon-free language, this is the only book so far in print that offers an extended study of major 20th-century productions of the Dream in their historical context.

Sweeney Todd

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street : the Graphic Novel

Sweeney Todd

Presents in graphic novel format an adaptation of the classic Victorian tale of Sweeney Todd, the barber who robbed and murdered his customers and disposed of their remains at the local bakery, where they were made into meat pies.