Shakespeare Reimagined

It's been 400 years since William Shakespeare left Planet Earth but his stories are with us now more than ever. His tragedies, comedies and sonnets have been passed down, told and retold by countless generations and cultures.

In celebration, we've put together some of our favourite Shakespeare reimaginings - from the absolutely brilliant to the downright bizarre.

Shylock Is My Name: The Merchant of Venice Retold

by Howard Jacobson

"Who is this guy, Dad? What is he doing here?"

Howard Jacobson's version of The Merchant of Venice bends time to its own advantage as it asks what it means to be a father, a Jew and a merciful human being in the modern world.

With an absent wife and a daughter going off the rails, wealthy art collector and philanthropist Simon Strulovitch is in need someone to talk to. So when he meets Shylock at a cemetery in Cheshire's Golden Triangle, he invites him back to his house. It's the beginning of a remarkable friendship... more

The Gap of Time: The Winter’s Tale Retold

by Jeanette Winterson

"I saw the strangest sight tonight."

New Bohemia. America. A storm. A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up light as a star and decides to take her home.

London. England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money but he doesn't know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife. Is the newborn baby even his?

New Bohemia. 17 years later. A boy and a girl are falling in love but there's a lot they don't know about who they are and where they come from... more

Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold

by Anne Tyler

"You can't get around Kate Battista as easily as all that."

Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work - her pre-school charges adore her, but the adults don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Anne Tyle's retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as individual, off-beat and funny as Kate herself... more

Brick Shakespeare

by Jack Hollan

Shakespeare's greatest tragedies peformed by yellow Lego people.

Here are Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar enacted scene by scene, captioned by excerpts from the plays. Flip through one thousand color photographs as you enjoy Shakespeare's iconic poetry and marvel at what can be done with the world's most popular children's toy.

Romeo and Juliet are no less star-crossed for being rectangular and plastic... more

Romeo and Juliet: Manga Shakespeare

by Richard Appignanesi & Sonia Leong

In Fair Tokyo, where we lay our scene

Shakespeare's famous tragedy unfurls in front of a dramatic manga setting, in which the fair city of Verona becomes a street in the highly fashionable Shibuya district of Tokyo.

The swordfights become duals with katanas; the Capulets and the Montagues, opposing Yakuza families. Conflict explodes when Romeo - a bleached-blonde, well-dressed rock star - falls in love with Juliet, the pure and innocent Capulet daughter... more

Richard III: Manga Shakespeare

by Patrick Warren

llustrated by leading UK manga artists, this series feeds into the growing popularity of manga worldwide, and presents Shakespeare's classic works in a highly visual and dynamic form.

Shakespeare's epic history play Richard III reveals the power of the 'dark side'. The series keeps try to the language of Shakespeare, but the text is specially abridged for use in the manga... more

Little Master Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

by Jennifer Adams & Alison Oliver

The perfect lullaby for a magical midsummer night, and a beautiful way to introduce your little one to the Bard.

Jennifer Adams' adaptation of Shakespeare's original lines and Alison Oliver's whimsical illustrations bring the world of fairies to life and will enchant little ones for years to come... more

Rome & Juliet: A BabyLit Counting Primer

by Mireille Juchau

It's never too early to get kids started on the classics!

Count friends, kisses, love letters, and roses in this charming retelling of Shakespeare's famous story of young love. Since parting from such a lovely little book will certainly bring feelings of sweet sorrow, you may find yourself re-reading 'till it be 'morrow... more

Macbeth #killingit

by Courtney Carbone

Imagine: What if that tragic couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, had smartphones?

A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays! A prophecy from three witches. A social-climbing couple committing a murder most foul. A cover-up that spins way out of control. and h8.

The classics just got a whole lot more interesting... more

Srsly Hamlet

by Courtney Carbone

Hamlet, one of the greatest stories ever told ...in texts?!

Imagine: What if Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, and the tragic Ophelia had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays! A kingdom on the brink of war. A stolen throne. A boy seeking revenge.

The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens. A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it... more

Yolo Juliet

by Brett Wright

Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest love stories ever told ...in texts?!

What if those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays! Two families at war. A boy and a girl in love. A secret marriage gone oh-so-wrong.

A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, checking in at certain locations, and updating their relationship statuses... more

A Midsummer Night #nofilter

by Brett Wright

Imagine: What if the fairies and star-crossed lovers of the forest had smartphones?

A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays! Four lovers who can't decide who they have a crush on. One mischievous fairy with a love potion. Total chaos in the fairy world, the human world, and everywhere in between!

The classics just got a whole lot more interesting... more

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

by Ian Doescher

Verily, A New Hope!

Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language - and William Shakespeare - here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas' epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon.

The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare's Star Wars will astound and edify learners and masters alike. Zounds! This is the book you're looking for... more

William Shakespeare's the Empire Striketh Back

by Ian Doescher

Verily, A New Hope!

The best-selling William Shakespeare's Star Wars strikes back with all-new, all-Elizabethan, officially-licensed retellings of Episode V

Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, power-mad emperor, and jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter... more

William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return

Something Wookiee this way comes!

Verily, A New Hope!

Hot on the heels of the New York Times bestseller William Shakespeare's Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jed Doth Return.

Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages... more